Jeff Leavell is a writer living in Los Angeles and Berlin. He writes about queer culture, politics and nightlife. His book, Accidental Warlocks, is available on amazon.com. You can find him at his website, jeffleavell.com, or on Instagram.
In Los Angeles, the afterhours scene is creating some of the most radical queer spaces I’ve ever seen.
"Looking at the photos, I felt like the whole world was falling down around me. I had an overwhelming feeling of loss and devastation, and had to go to the bathroom so that no one would see me crying."
Though Jon and I were no longer in the same three-way relationship, we still lived together, and his loss has caused me indescribable pain.
The woman who introduced the world to the phrase "excuse my beauty" passed away last month. Her legacy is one of staying strong in the face of petty discrimination.
When I first moved to LA, the loneliness was overwhelming. Cruising changed everything.
On the filthiest drag competition online, contestants chug blood and pummel one another in a thunderdome. And that, in a way, is the future of queer politics.
I made a meme about how annoying "masc" gay parties are. But the response it got said more about the gay community than my joke ever could.
Parties like Lights Down Low in LA or Gegen in Berlin are perhaps where I'm the happiest—places where differences among us are nearly erased, and reality becomes what you make of it.