As an openly queer person, I wondered if it would matter to the audience. Performing in prison can be like performing in front of the audience at Showtime at the Apollo. They will let you know in an instant if you are off- key. Would their toxic masculinity afford me the moment of performing as Nero and tell the story of love between two different-sexed loving people?
“This life we have is short, and poverty of the mind, will make you pass it by.”
“I have heard stories like this from several men in prison over the years, how great it was and that they have grown close, shared many visiting days together, and built wonderful relationships with their children and grandchildren. This, however, would not be my story.”
The last person in the world I thought would be there for me has been there since day one, and that’s my mom. My mom got clean and she’s been holding me down when everyone else faded away.
“I really want to be a couples and marriage counselor,
and let people know when you really love someone,
you don’t hurt them, ever for any reason.”
“I knew by the age of 5 that I was born in the wrong body. But I couldn’t tell that to my parents, because the machismo was running rampant in my home. If you were born a boy, you acted like a boy.”
I am a thinker, a philosopher, an idealist, an athlete and a family man.
“I believe we as prisoners can and should unite by utilizing every resource possible to expose, and subsequently compel legislatures to change laws!”
“I was in a bad place a year ago with drugs and depression and now today I am hopeful and I realize that I matter and I’m beautiful. And that I deserve to live a good normal Free life.”
“My mom has 6 kids, 5 boys. Two are doing life, one was murdered. Half a rotten apple is how she got the deal. “
Andrew “Drew”, 45
Regardless, I’m staying committed to being a better person and I’m inspired by those who succeed. Besides, I’ve been down so long that I have no choice but to come up.