By Adam Hetrick
11 Oct 2013
|Photo by Monica Simoes|
Tony Award nominee Bill Russell, playwright and lyricist of Side Show and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.
Many years ago I was in the East Village and there was a guy sitting in his car who, it became clear, was pretty drunk. As I walked by I heard him mutter, "Faggot." I crossed over to him and said, "Hey, buddy, I'm proud to be gay. How do you feel about being an asshole?!" I grew up in cowboy country - the Black Hills of South Dakota - was always effeminate and took a lot of grief for it. That East Village incident is the first time I can recall talking back to a bully and it felt so good!Continued...