Jay Blotcher moved to New York City in May 1982 and began writing for Christopher Street and The New York Native, two publications for the New York City gay community. Blotcher was a member of the founding chapters of the activist groups ACT UP and Queer Nation. Blotcher has written for The New York Times, Spy, Backstage, Boston Phoenix, Salon, Outweek, Advocate and Out and his nonfiction essays appear in eight anthologies. He currently lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State and writes for several regional magazines.
It’s 1957, and the three of us, Jacky,Vinnie from 19th Street, and me, are doing this Brooklyn strut sort of a walk down Eastern Parkway. Vinnie is a thief. He will steal anything he can get his hands on, doesn’t matter who owns it. That’s just the way he is. But there’s something cool and […]
A group of Asian teenage boys with shaved heads slows down in front of me. It is around 7 pm, not yet dusk, not really day, and we’re passing by a series of low brick row houses with bar-covered windows on 73rd Street in Jackson Heights. The boys look kind of tough, but they are polite as […]
In a school full of hard cases, Theresa Fulife was the hardest. She looked like the oldest kid in the eighth grade because at 16 she was. Her scarred, nearly six-foot muscular frame looked like it had been tattooed by a drunken sailor. Her face resembled the pitted surface of some foreign planet. Her hair […]