NAME: FRAN TIRADO
Fran Tirado grew up outside of Chicago in an Evangelical Christian, Latino family. During this episode, he reflects on how his sexuality and culture affected the way others treated him growing up. He also looks at how discrimination exists in all communities. “Gay men can feel like because they have a facet of oppression that exists in their lives, they have a get out of jail free card to say racist things.”
Donovan ThompsonDonovan Thompson is a Brooklyn native. He is a writer, activist and artist. During this episode, Donovan speaks about how being black and from Jamaican community has impacted his experience as a queer man.
Marcos CruzMarcos Cruz is a Bronx native. By day he manages a retail store and by night he is an avid photographer. During this episode, Marcos speaks about his coming out story and how homosexuality is viewed in the Dominican community.
Eli Berry St. JohnEli is a black man of the trans experience. He is dedicated to creating spaces for black queer trans men & trans masculine folks to be seen, be heard and to heal. During this episode, Eli reflects on his coming out "stories" and how the societal challenges he has faced during his journey has informed his identity.
Hari ZiyadHari Ziyad is a black, non-binary artist and writer. His work is informed by his passion for storytelling and wrestling with his intersecting identities. Hari moved to New York City from Cleveland to study film at NYU. During this episode, he speaks about being a non-binary child with Muslim and Hindu parents.
Kyoung ParkKyoung H. Park is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States. In this episode, Kyoung speaks about how rejection from his family pushed him to create a life for himself that is full of love and art.
Clement ChanClement moved to New York City from Malaysia to be with his partner. Soon after moving, Clement began experiencing difficulties finding a job. During this episode, Clement speaks about how race and ethnicity could factor into the hiring process.
Tiq MilanTiq Milan has been an advocate in the LGBTQ community for over a decade. He is also a writer and journalist who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. During this episode of Other Boys NYC, Tiq reflects on his journey and the experiences that have informed his identity as a transgender man of color.
Ahmed KhalifaAhmed describes himself as a "super geek." He moved to New York City from Egypt to get his PHD at NYU. In this episode, Ahmed speaks about the leaving Egypt to escape violence from his family after being outed by his brother.
Juan Carlos NunezJuan Carlos Nunez was born in Colombia and moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. During this episode Juan speaks about uprooting his life in Columbia and moving to a country where he didn’t speak the language or have the large family he was used to in Columbia. Juan explores how for many years he tried to go unnoticed so that he would blend into the crowd.
J Douglas TurnerJ Douglas Turner is a New York City native. He is a classical singer, writer and musician. During this episode J speaks about growing up in the black church. As the son of a minister, many in his church community expected him to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Devin-NorelleDevin-Norelle is a native New Yorker by way of Harlem. Ze runs Werk Those Pecs, a Transgender Fund that supports trans surgeries, passport/ID changes, and other transgender-related expenses. During this episode, Devin-Norelle speaks about zis gender identity and the social implications of being an androgynous trans person of color.
Daren MillerDaren was born and raised in Florida into a large Jamaican family. He currently works in the Tech Industry. During this episode of Other Boys NYC, Daren speaks about why he has not come out to his family and the struggles he has experienced trying to couple being Jamaican and gay.
Del Mar DualehDel Mar is a queer Somali-American from Harlem. He comes from a large Muslim family who moved to New York during the Somali Civil War. During this episode Del Mar speaks about his intersecting identities and how he cannot separate them.
Herculano FernandesHerculano Fernandes is a VFX artist from Brockton, MA. He is a first-generation American of mixed-race Cape Verdean origin. During this episode Herculano opens up about years of internal hiding. He spent many years in the closet because of fear of rejection from his family and friends.
Zipeng ZhuZipeng Zhu is an art director, designer, animator and illustrator. He moved to New York City from China to study design. During this episode, Zipeng opens up about the deep rejection he has faced from his family and why he will never come out to them.
Kheran PandayKheran is a native New Yorker of Indo-Guyanese descent and currently works at the United Nations Development Programme. During this episode Kheran speaks about how shame was an undercurrent for sexuality in his household.
Jammal Eden NelsonJammal Eden Nelson is a native New Yorker from Brooklyn. He is a graphic designer and photographer. During this episode Jamaal speaks about being on the DL for most of his life. He reflects of the events leading him to speaking to his family about his sexuality.
Gabe GonzalezGabe Gonzalez is a filmmaker, writer, and comedian. He was born into a Puerto Rican family in Central Florida. During this episode Gabe reflects on how being a light skinned person has allowed him certain privileges. He examines how for many years of his life he had a complicated relationship with his heritage but through meeting other Latinos he has grown to own and embrace all parts of his identity.
Dominique GriffithDominique Griffith grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He moved to New York after college to pursue a career in marketing. During this episode Dominique reflects on how members of the black and white community responded to his self-expression. He also speaks about the racism he encountered when dating.
Andrew ZarateA Seattle native, Andrew Zarate grew up in a large Filipino family. He is a dietician and runs his own private practice. During this episode, Andrew reflects on his experience as a queer Asian man in the LGBTQ community in New York City versus Seattle. He opens up about the racism he has encountered since moving to New York City.
Harry Al KhatibHarry was born into a Syrian-Greek family in New York City before moving to Florida. He is a social worker who works with Arabic-speaking families. During this episode, Harry speaks about being Muslim and queer. He examines Islamophobia within the LGBTQ community and how the Pulse shooting impacted him.
Jeffrey RosalesJeffrey Rosales grew up in East of East Los Angeles. He was born into a Mexican-American family. During this episode Jeffrey reflects of why he remained in the closet well into his adult life and what lead him to come out to his family.
Jomil LunaJomil Luna is a public health professional, advocate and community organizer. He was born in Camden, NJ into a Puerto Rican family. During this episode, Jomil speaks about how his environment shaped his understanding of self-expression. He reflects on masculinity within the Puerto Rican community and how he has learned to unapologetically be himself around his family and community.
Christopher OwensChristopher Owens is a native of Long Island. He identifies as racially blended. He works as a visual artist but also has a passion for the performing arts. During this episode Christopher speaks about his family’s issues with sexuality. He also reflects on the racism he has experienced when dating.
Gabriel Garcia RomanGabriel Garcia Roman is a Mexican-Amarican artist and craftsman living in New York City. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and immigrated to Chicago's north side when he was two years old. During this episode Gabriel reflects on how growing up in the 80’s and hearing homophobic comments as a kid contributed to why he stayed in the closet until he was 19. He also connects those experiences to why he used to have a rigid understanding of gender expression.
Michael HuangMichael was born in South Carolina into a conservative Chinese family. During this episode, Michael reflects on the difficulties of being both Asian and gay in the South. He also touches base on the expectations he had of New York and the realities he experienced.
Justin BartonJustin Barton was raised in Miami into a mixed-race Jamaican family. During this episode, he speaks about the rejection he has faced from his mother and how he has learned to love her even though she continues to reject his sexuality. He also speaks about race and how people react to his cultural identity.
Amari Xola RasinAmari is a native of Brooklyn. He is an activist and aspiring visual artist. During this episode, Amari reflects of being kicked out of his home after being outed as transgender . He speaks about what motivates him to push forward and what advice he would give young transgender people who might be in the same situation he was in.
Robbie DawsonRobbie Dawson is a native New Yorker. During this episode, he speaks about the experience of being mixed race and why the gay community is so obsessed with putting people in boxes. He also speaks about body shaming in the community and how he avoids being fetishized.
Francisco MendezFrancisco Mendez grew up in a religious, Pentecostal family. His parents relocated to Miami in the 1980s during the Nicaraguan Revolution. In this episode, he reflects on how religion shaped his childhood and how his sexuality pushed him to pursue a life outside of the church.
Yavon Capri MartinYavon Capri Martin (Yaav) grew up in Brooklyn where his family’s main concern was creating a better life for him. In this episode, Yaav reflects on how his gender identity greatly informed his youth and how profoundly his life changed once he began his transition. “I felt like this is my chance to have a second opportunity in life. In the same body but to do it a different way.”
Joshua PatelJoshua Patel grew up in Maryland in a South Asian household. During this episode, he speaks about coming to terms with his sexuality and coming out to his family. “One of the hardest things we do as gay individuals is come out to our parents.” He advises parents of LGBTQ children, "You shouldn’t really be having kids for society. You should be having them because you want kids.”
Waddie GRANTWaddie Grant was born in California and grew up in Kansas City, KS with his grandmother. During this episode, he reflects on how his experiences with bullying helped him develop a strong character. As Waddie grew into his identity he had to pave his own way and set his own terms with his family members. "People knew I was gay before I knew I was gay."
Sir KnightSir Knight is a transgender creative who grew up in Maryland. During this episode, he speaks about his decision to transition naturally, without hormones. His journey centers around the belief that there is no correct way to transition. He explains, “You are your own man. You design your male aesthetic. You design the man you want the world to see.”
Daniel WilliamsDaniel Williams is a native New Yorker from Harlem. During this episode, he shares his coming out story and how it allowed him to define his masculinity on his own terms. “This is the way I was designed. I’m not supposed to be a clone of what everybody is supposed to look like or be like. I’m supposed to be my unique, authentic self.”
Chad YoungChad Young was born in Brooklyn but raised in Phoenix, Arizona. During this episode, he takes a look at how growing up in white spaces impacted his identity as a queer, black, Jamaican man. Before moving back to NYC, Chad felt like so much of his identity was in contrast to everything else that was around him. He shares that the biggest challenge of his life is fully embodying himself in every moment.
Emmanuel AnzulesEmmanuel Anzules is a High School Teacher who was born in Peru and moved to the United States when he was 7 years old. During this episode, he examines masculinity in the Latino community. He reflects on how his experiences as a child shaped his understanding of what it meant to be gay and how as an adult he has established a more nuanced understanding of his sexuality. "I know that masculinity and femininity are a spectrum that's so fluid and they can intertwine."
WalidWalid was born in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. When he was 25 years old he moved to New York City to flee homophobic persecution. During this episode, he recounts the mental and physical violence he encountered at the hands of family members after being outed. He explains that it wasn’t until he moved away from home that he “was able to live without being constantly afraid or nervous.”
Fran TiradoFran Tirado grew up outside of Chicago in an Evangelical Christian, Latino family. During this episode, he reflects on how his sexuality and culture affected the way others treated him growing up. He also looks at how discrimination exists in all communities. “Gay men can feel like because they have a facet of oppression that exists in their lives, they have a get out of jail free card to say racist things.”
Abdool Corlette is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Abdool has spent over ten years working on commercial, narrative and documentary projects. He is passionate about showcasing the stories of underrepresented communities in film and television. Abdool is the current Video Production Manager at GLAAD.
Adam Vazquez is a Freelance Video Producer and Managing Director of Blue Jean Studio in NYC. He also produces video content for the Benu Agency. Adam’s has worked freelance in casting, writing, scripting, producing and directing high profile projects across the NYC area.