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January 12-14, 2018
I have submitted a proposal to present a workshop on LGBT Werewolves at Marscon in Williamsburg, Virginia. The theme of the weekend is "Werewolves of Marscon". Even though it's a mixed sci-fi / fantasy con, they have a precedent for hosting LGBT and adult oriented workshops.
September 11-16, 2017
I have registered to attend Between the Worlds: A Spiritual Gathering for Men Who Love Men. At this point, I do not intend to host a workshop, but I do plan to have a vendor booth where I can sell copies of my book and some of my photography prints.
March 10-12, 2017
My local Pagan men's group held a cabin retreat in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The theme of the weekend was "The Hero's Adventure" and our guest presenter was teacher, writer, and Shaman, Tom Crockett. The event was open to Pagan and Pagan-friendly men of all backgrounds and orientations. To find out more, please visit the retreat website.
January 21, 2017
I attended the Women's March on Washington Sister March in Norfolk, Virginia.
January 14, 2017
I attended Marscon, a sci-fi and fantasy convention, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
June 4, 2016
I will be presenting a workshop on June 4, 2016 at a Midsummer Men's Retreat in Virginia Beach. The workshop is titled: Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Liminal Bodies.
Werewolves and other shapeshifters are liminal creatures. They are both human and wild beasts. They often live at the outskirts of human society and may be either outcasts or a part of secret religious and warrior cults. Werewolves are typically masculine beings, but they are ruled by feminine lunar forces. Werewolves are also metaphors for liminal times like adolescence and liminal people such as LGBT folks and shamans.
May 28, 2016
I'm going to be featured in an article in my local newspaper in the Norfolk Compass section of the Virginian-Pilot Ledger Star. When I appeared on the cover of the LGBT Hampton Roads book, one of the local writers wanted to do a story on me. I talked about my early days in LGBT activism, about my interest in Paganism, and about my podcast, my book, and some of my other projects. I'm looking forward to seeing the article and will post a scan of the article on this website shortly after the article comes out.
May 21, 2016
Advance copies of The Gay Guy's Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts (Book 1 in a series of 3) will be available online as of May 21, 2016 at my online bookstore. May 21 is a full moon and a seasonal blue moon.
I was hoping to host an official book launch party this weekend, but given the large number of obligations and competing events I have over the next couple of months, I've decided to delay an official launch party until July. I'll be celebrating with a werewolf masquerade party near the July full moon and hope to do some book signings at both Pagan and LGBT venues in my local community beginning in August.
March 23, 2016
Speaking of books, my picture made it onto the cover of the book: Images of Modern America LGBT Hampton Roads by Dr. Charles H. Ford and Dr. Jeffrey L. Littlejohn. The photo is of me when I was a college student at a Pride Picnic at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. The book goes on sale today and can be purchased from Arcadia Publishing.