He is undoubtedly a provocateur, renown for his spellbinding performances. Not since the likes of Marilyn Manson, Prince or David Bowie, have we witnessed such an unabashed spectacle of sexuality and satire be brought back to the performance scene.
This week I talked with world-renowned photographer Mike Ruiz about his coffee-table book Pretty Masculine, a collection of portraits that play with masculine and feminine imagery to deconstruct stereotypes about masculinity, which is now available as an iPhone app.
As a queer kid from Raleigh, N.C., who's just spending a semester in NYC, I didn't think I'd end my semester by sitting VIP at the birthday of an infamous photographer while an equally infamous woman took the stage. The best part? It was a benefit for the Ali Forney Center.
Countless times I have spoken publicly about my struggles being a gay teen in the early '80s. So when I was approached by the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) to shoot Kiss & Tell, not only was I compelled to do it but I was ecstatic at the prospect of being a part of such an important project.