Jeff Leavell

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.

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The Heartbreaking Instagram Where People Remember Loved Ones Who Died of AIDS

"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."
Jeff Leavell
10.17.18
LGBTQ

An Ode to Craigslist Hookups

It's been a long time since I used Craigslist to find sex, but I'm still saddened by the death of its personals section.
Jeff Leavell
3.29.18
LGBTQ

How Anonymous Sex with Strangers Helped Me Find My Way in a New City

When I first moved to LA, the loneliness was overwhelming. Cruising changed everything.
Jeff Leavell
3.1.18
LGBTQ

When Toxic Masculinity Infects Our Queer Spaces, We All Lose

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.
Jeff Leavell
1.11.18
LGBTQ

How I Make My Mixed HIV Status Relationship Work

I'm HIV positive, but my partner is not. And though science has rendered that difference medically negligible, it's hard to shed decades of stigma overnight.
Jeff Leavell
10.15.17
LGBTQ

How I Make My Ultra-Long-Distance Relationship Work

People are quick to foreclose possibilities in life. But I won't let an obstacle like distance keep me from the man I'm falling in love with.
Jeff Leavell
9.22.17
LGBTQ

The Love I Found When I Returned to Queer Nightlife

Like I witnessed in New York's club scene in the 80s and 90s, today's queer parties are a space for the marginalized to gather and resist the evil overtaking our world.
Jeff Leavell
8.16.17
LGBTQ

How Abandoned Queer Kids Find the Strength to Love Their Families

I've heard enough stories of rejected queer children to last a lifetime. No two are alike, and none are as cut and dry as you'd think.
Jeff Leavell
7.23.17
LGBTQ

I Found Out I Was HIV Positive at a Gay Bar

What it's like to emerge from a life-changing moment into the arms of strangers.
Jeff Leavell
6.21.17
LGBTQ

From the Door of a Gay Bar, You See the Scope of Life—and Death

I see a lot working the door at gay bars in Los Angeles. Twice, patrons taught me what it really means to have a community.
Jeff Leavell
5.18.17
LGBTQ

How I Learned to Give Up Control in My Open Relationship

Why loving someone means allowing them to be who they are, even when that person is no longer in sync with who you are.
Jeff Leavell
4.12.17
LGBTQ

On Being Older, HIV Positive, Polyamorous and Free

A visit with my lover in London reminded me that you can either be burdened by social constructs about how to live your life or free from them. I'm choosing the latter.
Jeff Leavell
3.22.17
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