1. YSOSERIOUS says

    I don’t know. He seemed pretty okay with being gay around me. I didn’t have a long-term relationship. We spoke for a bit at an opening for a book he put out years and years ago.

    It was one of the best nights of my life in many ways. I was an arts critic at the time and had been invited to an opening by the owner of the gallery because of my Z-grade celebrity. Literally everyone who was anyone was there: the mayor, the police and fire chiefs, a plethora of local political and media folks.

    Strategically placed below every overhead spotlight was every local male model. They all were hoping to catch the maestro’s eye.

    I had no delusions of anything like that happening to me. I looked over the artwork for the book and was interested to see how he found his way in the world.

    I had a play or some such to attend and so asked if I might get my book signed early by Weber.

    Eventually I was ushered up to the very tony group. I complimented him on his book and asked a couple questions about his output up to that point.

    He looked me up and down and even asked if he could touch my face. I agreed and he turned me this way and that. Then he made some indecipherable squiggle in my book and reached into his wallet to give me a business card.

    ‘Come see me in New York and I’ll take your picture.’ he said. The room stopped.

    I mumbled some sort of reply and walked away (so I could look at the card and catch my breath). I was stunned.

    I knew I would never take him up on his offer and threw away the card as I walked to my car. But it was an amazing evening.

    It was very strange for me, a boy who had been told over and over he was ‘never going to be attractive’ by everyone, yet I had something that this artist found desirable.

  2. Chazwm says

    This film was very thoughtfully created, beautifully compiled from striking video shot by Weber. I was emotionally struck by it, was enlightened by it about transitioning people, and I really appreciate that Towleroad presented it in its entirety. Those of us LGB folks who don’t respond to its brief look into the motivations, struggles, and surgeries required by transitioning people should stop to consider that the pains that they have felt in coming to terms with who they are, and how they are to fit into life, are so eclipsed by the work required by transgender sisters and brothers to achieve that same sense of personal peace. If you want to have peace, acceptance and love for yourself, you must first extend these things to others. If you cannot do that, please keep it in YOUR closet.

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