Undercover in Underground Mexico City

For a naïve gringo living in provincial Cuernavaca, the “#ClubQueers” party by Fiestas Bomba in Mexico City had been a big gay whiff of fresh air. I got to meet my favorite American queen Raja and watch some of Mexico City’s talent up-and-coming DJs and drag performers. Most importantly, it was the first event I’d ever attended where Read More …

A Lonely Fool and a Mirage in Tashkent

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia“Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.” Will Durant.   Blinding light and stifling heat pushed against the curtains of the tall French doors. I awoke with a start.  Dazed from jetlag, I headed to the courtyard Read More …

Fear and Foreboding in Tashkent

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” Soren Kierkegaard.   Scattered dim lights twinkled over the flat, unremarkable cityscape as we landed in Tashkent. My heart pounded.  At the end of my long crawl to the diving board’s edge, it was time to Read More …

Liftoff to Central Asia

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi.   Hushed voices and muffled footsteps seemed to boom through Dulles Airport on Sunday night. Despite the late hour, I was wide awake. I was finally leaving on a Read More …