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Wow, where do I start?

Outfest was fantastic. I remember last year when I went to the Girls Shorts event on All-Girl Friday I was like, whoa! Here they all are!! OMG!!  This year was basically the same, times ten, because this year I was actually a part of it all, albeit in a small way.

Over the course of 11 days my gf and I went to maybe 20 different events – before and after parties, screenings, panels, the whole gamut. I have much more to write about it, but let’s just leave it at how grateful I am that the universe provides. Because it is SO difficult to trust that, and to believe that just asking for what you want is enough, and then listening for the answer. But it happens.

And of course, Outfest reminds me that no, I am actually not the only butch in LA, even though I am one of the only butch actors. (But for now I will keep my catchy tagline. 🙂  )

With the cast and director of ‘Somewhere Along The Way’ – not the only butch actor, but certainly the tallest.

Highlights included, of course, performing in Erin Greenwell’s new screenplay Somewhere Along The Way with director Guinevere Turner, and the talented Jo Armeniox, Naserin Bogado, and the inimitable Patricia Villetto.  I’ll mention here that I also had the pleasure of meeting Christa Faust, of Butch Fatale fame, Campbell X, the fantastic director of Stud Life, and I connected with a friend from my past, the reigning drag king of S.F., otherwise known as Delicio Del Toro.

I was pleasantly surprised that some folks I met knew me from my writing here. So – hello! Thank you! It was fantastic to meet you! It is a bit overwhelming to talk in person with those who have read my every insecurity on this screen, but I remain committed to write my warts and all here – because being visible isn’t also about being airbrushed, if you know what I mean.




Went to a special screening last night of Pariah, an INCREDIBLE new film by the very talented lesbian-of-color writer/director Dee Rees.

This film is astonishing, hilarious, and heartbreaking. Although I didn’t grow up black or in Brooklyn, Dee Rees managed to convey most of the aching pain and triumphs of my own coming out story.  Adepero Oduye is the gentle, smart, 17-yr old Alike – struggling with her own identity and jumping full force into what it fully means to like girls. The real winner for me, though, is Pernell Walker’s portrayal of the butch best friend Laura. Walker’s combined bravado and vulnerability had me almost standing up to say “I did that! I did that!”. AND the best moment of the q&a afterwards was when Dee let it slip that Walker’s headshot was like a magazine glamour-shot, all parted lips and big hair.  Hi-larious.

Pariah opens in select theaters December 28th. GO. You won’t be sorry. Check it out here.

So I finally finally booked something real here, after quite the hiatus from work – and by “real” I mean, I booked a nearly-non-paying gig where I still have almost no lines and am not a central character. But dag nabit I said my one line with character-driven gusto and proudly wore my brand new, freshly tailored gray vest (!) as one half of a lesbian couple at a birthday party in a short USC film. Not too shabby.

While I continue to excel at theater, I’m seeing more and more queer female/trans characters in film, and I’m trying to break into that arena with all of my pretty butch might. Slowly it begins.

The cashier at Trader Joe’s tonight said I looked like “I could be someone famous”.  I thanked him and said yes, that was the plan.