(Originally Published on The Huffington Post on 3/2/2015)
My undying love for Austin’s drag-punk-terror powerhouse Christeene is no secret. It takes a lot to shock me, but every time I find myself in the presence of this magical creature, she manages to take me there (and, more often than not, way beyond there).
This past year she also won the heart of Boy George, who, after watching her tear up the stage across the pond, tweeted, “What a fucking awesome hip hop, Beyonce, Evil Dead, queercore, unapologetic, sick show…KILL FOR A TICKET!”
The brainchild of performance artist and musician Paul Soileau, Christeene Vale is a self-described “human pissoire of raw unabashed sexuality; a gender-blending, booty-pounding, perversion of punk fully equipped with an arsenal of ferocious music intertwined with raw moments of strained intimacy and fiery stank” — which pretty well sums it up.
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It was announced today that, as of next month (March 15th), I am going to be stepping into the role of CCO (Chief Communications Officer) at Trillium, Oregon’s largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families.
Really amazing work is happening out of this organization, and I am thrilled to be joining the Executive Team leading the way.
If you haven’t already, please nominate your picks for the 2015 “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes Awards HERE, or by clicking the image below.
I’m on the cover of the current issue of Proud Times Magazine, on stands now. My 18 page spread and interview about mental health advocacy, queer rights, music, the end of love, and a whole bunch of other stuff starts on page 28.
Read the online version HERE, or click on the cover below. You can also download a .PDF version of the issue HERE.
Their sister site, Loud and Proud Entertainment, is also giving away a bunch of my songs FREE to celebrate the release of the issue. Click HERE to get yours.
(Originally Published on The Huffington Post on 10/29/2014)
With the Project Runway Season 13 reunion show airing this week, I thought now would be a perfect time to catch up with my darling friend (and Season 13 finalist), Emily Payne, about her time as a contestant on the show this year and what life is like now that it’s over.
Payne is a San Francisco-based designer and full-blown visionary. Overseeing two fashion houses of her own creation — Leathertongue and Devon Rose — and balancing motherhood and newfound mainstream television fame, Emily is riding the Project Runway rollercoaster with a level of grace fans of the show have not seen before. If you caught any of this season, you have no doubt already fallen head-over-heels in love with this sweet, talented creature.
Watch Emily Payne’s pre-season designer home visit video, then read our chat below – and be sure to tune into Lifetime Thursday for the reunion. The trailer promises fireworks!
Hey Emily! Thanks for chatting with me today. Anyone who has been following your run on this 13th season of Project Runway knows that you took your final bow as a contestant on the episode just before the finale. How does it feel to finally be able to talk about it after having to keep so painfully quiet for so long? Read the rest of this entry »
Huge thanks to the band FUN. for having me as the guest on their Ally Coalition “Contact” show this week!
Listen to the episode HERE or press play below.
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All of you who follow me know that I am passionate about mental health — particularly around destigmatizing issues of trauma and addiction.
For the past 4.5 years I have been doing LGBTQ advocacy and communications work with Q Center in Portland, and I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as Communications Director for Trillium Family Services, Oregon’s largest provider of mental & behavioral healthcare for children and families. Click HERE for the full scoop.
My mental health advocacy journey continues, and I hope you will join me in supporting both of these amazing organizations as I embark on this new adventure with you all! Thanks to everyone who has been posting sweet things and flooding my inbox with messages since the announcement.
I love you, too!