etcetera: my work
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Oklahoma raising my three children in Dallas, Texas. My work has been seen in Buzzfeed, The Guardian, VQR, The Daily Beast, et al. I currently serve as an associate editor for Hromadske in Ukraine and teach English to immigrants and refugees at a public high school in Dallas.
My writing and photography focus on intimate portraits of minority communities in conservative areas. Because I grew up gay on a Pentecostal compound in Oklahoma and have spent a large part of my life in the area, I have a familiarity with the region that breeds both contempt and a fierce, protective kind of love. Below are links to published pieces; on Medium and Instagram I do a lot of work that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else.
-The Baffler: What So Proudly We Hailed: guns and god at the NRA convention in Dallas
-The Virginia Quarterly Review: No Republican Shall Inherit: Tulsa gay couple are, legally, “father” and “son” — and ask the court if they can marry
-Into: How Ms. Sage Chanell Learned To Shake Her Shells: a trans NDN woman’s journey from “warrior” to “head lady cook” at the stomp ground
in The Guardian: “Gay, closeted and buried in history”
in VQR: “His Faithful Servant” — gay and Pentecostal in rural Oklahoma
in The Revealer: “#AcrossThisBridge” — interviewing a mother about the loss of her gay son who may have been the last to die under DADT
samples of work as a contributing editor for The Daily Beast:
The 10-year Fight for Marriage Equality in Oklahoma
Exclusive: Ahmed Mohamed’s “Best Day”
Exclusive: from inside the “Mohammad cartoon contest.”
On Texas’ newest Confederate monument.
Coverage of Kiev’s Pride Parade, before and after.
~~ on #BlackLivesMatter in Texas: in Dallas and in McKinney
~~ West Texas gay bar in Buzzfeed
~~ Protesting Islam in Oklahoma and in Texas
~~ Black President, Red State
~~ Meditation on gender in Texas
Small-bore journalism on Instagram documenting the every day:
- #24HoursinWaller — Waller County, TX
- #QueerWestTexas -(also seen in Buzzfeed.)
Full list of publications: Al Jazeera, The Baffler, Box Turtle Bulletin (contributing editor, 2010–2015), Buzzfeed, D Magazine, The Daily Beast (contributing editor , 2014–2016), The Daily Dot, The Dallas Morning News, The Guardian, Into, Killing The Buddha, The Messenger, The Revealer, This Land Press, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Washington Post.
I am also a public speaker — for booking, please contact:
rrpsquared ( g mail.) I am also on Twitter.
Finally: as an incurable introvert, I’ve found I am the worst counselor possible and can’t emotionally keep up with personal emails. If you need help, here are some resources that might be helpful:
for someone to talk to, this is a great resource — The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ — you can call also them, 24/7: 1–866–488–7386
The Gay Christian Network http://www.gaychristian.net/
Matthew Vines’ powerful video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQjNJUSraY
I am not trying to push anyone toward religion, but the bulk of personal emails I receive are from LGBT people wanting to know if they can be Christian and gay — in short, yes.