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22: Matthew “Matt” Wayne Shepard – *December 1, 1976; †October 12, 1998

Fuck.

Twenty-two years.

Time is so fleeting – how the hell have 22 years passed?

I write this from my new home, still in Berlin, but some 7 kilometers from my old home.

One of the things about moving is that you must sort through all your belongings, even though you’ve forgotten that you own. […]

Whatchamacallit 159: house and home

This book, by Steve Gunderson and Rob Morris (with Bruce Bawer), was one of the few non-academic books that I kept in my dorm room at the University of Wyoming, the last year that I was a graduate student.

It was published in September 1996 – so just after I had graduated with my […]

Whatchamacallit 154: Love is Love

On June 12, 2020, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was the site of horrific mass shooting: 49 dead, 53 wounded.

While I’ve already mentioned attending a memorial at Brandenburg Tor (Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove), this comic book is another reminder of that tragic day.

It was also a fundraiser, will all proceeds going to […]

Whatchamacallit 137: Gay Tarot

I bought this Gay Tarot deck in June 2017 for 21.49€.

I no longer remember the context, but I do recall that I had been watching an interview of some kind and the guest had brought Gay Tarot cards with him as an example of a ridiculous product.

At least that’s how I remember […]

Whatchamacallit 110: Men’s Silver Satyr Torc Bracelet

This is one of my few pieces of jewelry, another bracelet.

I used to wear this Men’s Silver Satyr Torc Bracelet frequently – it weighs less than the previously shown Navajo Turquoise Bracelet, which makes it more manageable on a day-to-day basis.

The bracelet was made by Esculpta, a jewelry company based in Greece. […]

Whatchamacallit 93: Safe Zone Magnet from the University of Wyoming

Back during the 1997-98 academic year at the University of Wyoming, I did something brave and, for Wyoming, cutting edge: I took Safe Zone training.

I tried to do it on the sly, but outside the conference room I remember that I ran into a friend and somehow had to explain what I was […]

Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove

Gosh, it was four years ago today that I met friends at Brandenburg Tor to remember the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

The above heart was given to me by somebody in the crowd during the gathering to wear – I’ve kept it ever since.

I don’t know why.

Maybe I do: […]

Whatchamacallit 79: Latter Days

Latter Days is a film and – as above – a novelization of a film.

As a book, it is meh – it covers the story of the film, but this is a case where the film is absolutely outstanding. As a film, it grows better and better with time – at least for […]

Whatchamacallit 75: Project Spurv: Underwear

The above image was a present from dear friends who found it for sale at the Lesbian and Gay Street Festival in Berlin during the summer of 2018.

They bought it directly from the artist, who had a booth at the festival. I saw the booth a grabbed a postcard from the artist, which […]

Whatchamacallit 69: Larry Kramer – The Tragedy of Today’s Gays

I woke Thursday morning to the news that Larry Kramer died.

Thanks to other writers – namely Dan Savage, but others as well – I am well aware of Larry Kramer. But I only have one book by him, The Tragedy of Today’s Gays.

Which is, in many respects, a shame: Larry Kramer is […]