GA Voice - - LGBT Mil­i­tary -

Jonathan is hy­per mas­cu­line. A typ­i­cal mil­i­tary, I’m fight­ing for my coun­try, all-Amer­i­can dude. He un­der­stands Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is preva­lent but is com­fort­able with his sex­u­al­ity. This is his first time abroad, first time on his own. He is naïve about a lot of things, dis­cov­er­ing who he is and this great big world. He brings a guy back to his room and winds up get­ting raped.

I am Melody. I have al­ways loved drag queens but never thought I would do it. But there was a tele­vi­sion show pilot where I was asked if I would play a drag queen. I went ahead and did it. A char­ac­ter re­ally did de­velop and I have been do­ing that for a year.

Erik: ‘The Din­ga­logues’ Why is this show im­por­tant? John:

These sto­ries needs to be told. It speaks to the harsh re­al­ity of why be­ing LGBT isn’t a choice. Peo­ple don’t look at what it means to be black and gay, what we go through as we come to terms with our sex­ual- What was the big­gest chal­lenge? John: Re­vis­it­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence in the mil­i­tary. I had to lock that away and suck it up. I couldn’t tell any­body. I couldn’t talk to my su­pe­ri­ors. It caused me a lot of de­pres-

Are there plans to take this to an­other city?

John: Right now we are con­cen­trat­ing on At­lanta, but we would love to cre­ate a buzz and tour.

May 27, 2016

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