Last night I was working on the upcoming zine "Dead in Hollywood: The Crucifixion of George Michael (Issue #11) when I spilled a glass of water on my laptop, frying it. I lost everything! Or so I thought. Spending three dollars a month on iCloud storage space turned out to be quite the bargain. The laptop was not so lucky. I'm still hoping to finish the issue before the L.A. Zine Fest on May 26th. I pray to George Michael that I will. "The Crucifixion of George Michael" will focus on Michael's arrest on April 8, 1998, for a "lewd act" in a public restroom in a Beverly Hills park, forcing the pop icon out of the closet. Michael's helped me come to terms with my own sexuality. At 13, my conservative, Trump-loving uncle bought me Michael's "Faith" album for Christmas. He's never really spoken to me after I came out years later in 1998. It's not just pop icons and mythical religious figures who are shunned and crucified. BTW, that uncle also introduced me to En Vogue's "Funky Divas" album on a road trip to Mexico when I was 14. Maybe I'll send him a copy of the zine when I'm finished. Maybe it'll free his mind and help heal the pain. DEAD IN HOLLYWOOD: THE CRUCIFIXION OF GEORGE MICHAEL (ISSUE #11) COMING SOON TO THE WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL PARK IN BEVERLY HILLS.
𝙸 𝚆𝙸𝚂𝙷 𝚈𝙾𝚄 𝙷𝙴𝙰𝚅𝙴𝙽: 𝚃𝚠𝚘 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚔𝚜 𝚊𝚐𝚘 𝚘𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚋𝚒𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚍𝚊𝚢, 𝚖𝚢 𝚑𝚞𝚜𝚋𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚙 𝚝𝚘 𝙿𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎'𝚜 𝙿𝚊𝚒𝚜𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝙿𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚑𝚘𝚖𝚎/𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚘 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝟹𝚛𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚗𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑. 𝙿𝚊𝚒𝚜𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝙿𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚍 𝚊 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙿𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝙲𝙳-𝚁𝙾𝙼 𝚐𝚊𝚖𝚎 "𝙸𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎" 𝚒𝚗 𝟷𝟿𝟿𝟺. 𝙸𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚗𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚞𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛, 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚑𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝙿𝚊𝚒𝚜𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝙿𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚔𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚎𝚗𝚍, 𝚞𝚗𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚎𝚐𝚐𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚕𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙿𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎'𝚜 𝚟𝚒𝚛𝚝𝚞𝚊𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚘 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚖𝚊 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝙿𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎. 𝙳𝙴𝙰𝙳 𝙸𝙽 𝙼𝙿𝙻𝚂: 𝙿𝚁𝙸𝙽𝙲𝙴 (𝙸𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎 #𝟷𝟺) 𝚏𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚘𝚠𝚜 𝚖𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚓𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚢 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚢 𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚌 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚍𝚖𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚢 𝚒𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚜𝚊𝚢 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝙸 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚝 𝚖𝚢 𝟷𝟺-𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎. 𝚆𝚘𝚗'𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚏𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚘𝚠 𝚖𝚎 𝚍𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝙰𝚕𝚙𝚑𝚊𝚋𝚎𝚝 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚝? 𝚆𝚎𝚕𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝟸 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚠𝚗.