Joaquin and I’ve known each other for over a quarter century! We first met at in the theater department at Southern Oregon State College in the early 90s and our paths continue to cross here on stage.
I came out as a fabulous gay boy in 1989. Being out in middle school and high school was hard. I wrestled with feeling isolated at home, being bullied at school, and feeling unwanted. I got through this period of my life with my close girlfriends dancing to Erasure, Madonna, and New Order at the underage dance clubs in downtown Portland. We found PRIDE on the dance floor!
I am that 14-year old boy who is feminine, creative, and full of life. I got lost along the way, but today, I'm ready to return and be seen for who I am.
I dedicate this album to all of us queer kids who choose life, who choose freedom and self-expression, and who choose love.