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.
I was not where I wanted to be. This was because I was out. I was out at a bar called the Narrows in Bushwick–or East Williamsburg if you’re a real estate broker. The bar is called the Narrows because the building is very narrow. But really every building in New York City is narrow. […]
“Mommy—Don’t go to work,” my two-year-old daughter said, who’d just started speaking in sentences. As I put on my jacket, she began to cry. I kissed her cheek, and said, “I’ll be home later.” The babysitter fed her, and I closed the door. I heard her sobbing as I charged down the hallway. I had […]
I once took the New York City police exam on a whim. In the suburbs of Long Island where I grew up, a large portion of high school buddies already had badges and guns by their early twenties. “Dude,” an acquaintance would say from the stool of a local tavern, “I shot my gun off […]