Editor's Note:This is a new weekend feature for TBP. You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we will spotlight a different TBP contributor.
Our first spotlight is on TBP Managing Editor Alex Blaze. I've probably known Alex longer than anyone else on TBP. He is one of the funniest people I know and I miss being able to sit around talking dirty with him now that he lives in France. If you've never heard Alex's laugh, then you really haven't lived. Aside from being one of my favorite all time people, Alex also works as an elementary school teacher in France.
I asked Alex six questions. Follow me after the jump to read his answers.
Serena: How did you get roped into writing for TBP?
Alex: That's not a funny story, actually. I was writing at my own site since I was working freelance at the time (OK, that's a nice way to put "quasi-employed") and I commented over on Bilerico. Bil followed me over and realized that I wrote better than he does so he did the next best thing to copying me - he co-opted me.
Oh, no, wait, you asked about TBP, not Bilerico. I was doing Bilerico with Bil under the promise that it would go national and turn into a vague idea of what it is today. Of course, it took 6 months for that to happen, but those were 6 great months of learning the ins and outs of Indiana politics for me!
S: What was your coming out experience like?
A: Oh, horrible. Terrible. I can't think about it without screaming to Heaven in pain.
Seriously, though, this one is a funny story. My dad got internet access at my house when I was 14, and let's just say I had all the, ahem, energy of a 14-year-old but no idea what a history list was. . . Anyway, the story's also a powerful lesson in denial. I came out again 6 years later and it was like doing it for the first time.
S: If you were a WWE wrestler, what would your theme song be?
A: Since I'm first with the "Better Know a Contributor," can I claim "It's Raining Men"? I mean, I know half the other gay boys are going to want it, but it's mine, Marys!
S: What book should every Projector read?
A: Eric Marcus's Making Gay History. There's enough internal community politics on this site that having a solid background in our movement's history wouldn't hurt.
S: Be honest . . . online or video porn?
A: Online. I travel way too much to carry around a video collection, but I'm always online. Seriously, some days I spend all day in front of the computer except when I go to eat. Sometimes I notice that it's 7 PM and I haven't even showered yet because I've just been working the internet. So internet porn is just makes sense.
S: Favorite late night snack?
A: Coffee or diet coke. Sometimes I do both and have cappuccino-flavored diet coke. Either way, I have no concept of late nights anymore. I keep my computer on Eastern time to follow TBP properly but my cell phone six hours ahead on local time. So "late night" is a bizarre concept to me - it's either late night somewhere or not late night elsewhere, or something like that. My eating habits follow accordingly.