Why is your current title important to you?
I’m proud to be Mr. Bullet Leather because The Bullet Bar exemplifies the attributes I value in my extended gay family. All stripes are welcome, from diaper enthusiasts to our uniform men and everything in between. It has an owner that supports freedom of sexual expression and it is by far the most inclusive space in LA. Its patrons step into an environment that’s arguably more welcoming than their own living room. While I appreciate and look forward to the charity work that my new title will allow, I’m mainly interested in being an ambassador for The Bullet, where I can continue the tradition of welcoming all, regardless of tribe or kink, into a space that I love.
What do the colors of the leather pride flag mean to you?
Tony DeBlase intended that each individual make up their own mind about what the flag and its colors mean to them. I don’t have the inclination to try to assign symbolism to the individual parts of the symbol, but instead prefer to focus on what the symbol as a whole represents. To me, the flag flies above homes, gatherings, and establishments where I trust that I’ll find my family, and “cousins” that I haven’t yet met. These spaces will usually contain people that embrace their sexuality, are respectful, and are passionate about living honestly without worry of judgment.
If somebody contacted you about visiting LA, what would be on your must see/do list?
They’d have to come to The Bullet!!! But if they had to go anywhere else, I’d take them first on a hike up Echo Mountain to Inspiration Point, where I could share the best view of LA and “nerd out” on the ruins of the old railway that used to run there. That night I’d take them to Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown LA, where they would probably feel what I do when I’m there, a focal point of the surreal magic that LA possesses, followed of course by drinks at The Bullet. The following day would have to include at least one of my favorite taco shops or burger stands, a stroll along the beach from Venice to the Santa Monica Pier, followed by a sunset view from the roof of the Griffith Park Observatory, and maybe another stop at The Bullet (notice a theme?).
What is your favorite movie and why?
That’s impossible to answer with one title, because movies have to match my mood to be enjoyable. Instead, I’ll give you a rundown of my top six and why they make the list:
- North By Northwest – Easily my favorite Hitchcock film and a beautifully shot time capsule of late 1950s America, has great suspense, plus Cary Grant is just a stud in it.
- Blazing Saddles – There are many Mel Brooks films that are in a dead heat with this one for just being so good, but none give me a belly laugh like this one.
- The Maltese Falcon – In a similar vein as “Casablanca”, Bogart just oozes strength in a film that is gritty and powerful enough for me to watch repeatedly.
- Christmas Vacation – Just so perfect in every way.
- Planes Trains and Automobiles – Incredibly touching and funny.
- The General – A silent comedy by Buster Keaton that keeps me on the edge of my seat with unmatched comic timing and stunt work.
What is the funniest thing to happen to you during sex?
Of course the parents walking in on me at the very moment I came while jacking off as a teenager was a riot, the best was falling out of the tub while a long-ago boyfriend and I tried to fuck in the shower and slipped. We took the curtain down with us and broke the toilet seat.
What do you hope to accomplish in your title year?
After eight years of stunning progress toward equality, the next four or more years are going to be a battle for us to keep what we have, let alone gain more. I intend to spread the messages of brotherhood/sisterhood, uniting as a family, and recruiting more to our ranks. Despite being a small fraction of the public, we wield a prolific strength in our activism when gather up and fight as a unit. I want to lead my fellow title brothers in the unity movement that will continue to knock down those that would push us back into the closet or deny our basic freedoms.
I will be directing my charity work toward helping the LA LGBT Youth Center. I am blessed with a family that loves and accepts me, but too many of our family weren’t. I will help our youth to build the strong foundation they need to thrive.