Writing Portfolio

“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”

~ Jonathan Gottschall

Below you’ll find a sampling of my various works, categorized by content for easier viewing.

journalistic writing for Colorado Springs Indy

Gay and bisexual men still face barriers in donating blood

An opinion piece for the Colorado Springs Indy that questions why gay and bisexual men are still barred from giving blood.

May 5, 2020

Colorado Springs’ last remaining gay bar, Club Q, changes with the times

A cover story for the Colorado Springs Indy about why there was only one queer space left in Colorado Springs in the 21st Century.

Jul 7, 2020

Intersex people break the binds of society’s rigid gender binary

A “Queer and There” column for the Colorado Springs Indy about what intersex is and why that matters on a national and local level.

Oct 16, 2018

journalistic writing for The Scribe

“Exvangelicalism” found in the facades of Colorado Springs churches

A staff highlight for The Scribe that explores Stacy Platt’s, visual arts and art history professor at UCCS, art installation: #exvangelism.

March 1, 2021

New LGBTQIA+ bar ‘ICONS’ opens in downtown Colorado Springs

A business review for The Scribe about Colorado Springs’ new LGBTQ piano bar, started by two broadway performers.

Dec 9, 2020

How can I be gay and Christian?

As a gay Christian, I often get asked. how I can be both. This article is no where near exhaustive. I’m not an ethicist or a theologian, but I can share how I came to the conclusion that I did.

Oct 5, 2020

content writing for believr

website

As a co-founder and content director, I wrote all copy on this website, including deciding our values and word smithing what those values meant to us as a company.

celebrate campaign

With believr, I was in charge of our social media, including running campaigns. This campaign celebrated influences in the Christian LGBTQ+ community.

blog entry

While building an app, we wanted to be transparent about our journey as we built the app. This blog post explains our process of picking our values and aims to explain why these values mattered to us.

long-form blog writing

LGBTQ+ oppression in 2020

What oppression does an LGBTQ+ person face in the 21st Century, especially when there are marriage rights and protections from the federal level? But just because there is legislation, does not mean there is true safety and equality.

Nov 20, 2020

A criticism of gay culture by a gay man

Just because I’m gay, doesn’t mean I love everything about my community; in fact, I can be very frustrated, and I’m not alone. This article interviews some of my close gay friends to share similar frustrations that a lot of gay men have.

June 11, 2018

Greetings, fellow wanderer

This blog post is a candid exploration of my existential journey.

Oct 28, 2020

short-form blog writing

A seat at the table

What happens when you identify as LGBTQ, but they find themselves in a straight relationship? Do they fight for belonging? Is it false? Did they betray their identity?

June 10, 2018

Fairy dust

We can’t undo the past. All we have control over is the now. So what do we do with regret?

April 4, 2019

Community

I feel built for something that doesn’t exist — a type of community that seems like something from fairytales. Should I kill my desire for the sake of reality?

Dec 13, 2021

creative writing

Prayer House

As a gay Christian, there were some critical moments that shaped who I am. As I look through my history to those moments, I was surprised that one unsuspecting place emerged as the primary setting — the local prayer house.

March 2, 2021

A letter to my younger self

Growing up gay, you don’t have gay dads to teach you. We have daddies, and that’s something different entirely. So what would I say to my younger self if I could say anything, if I could father that confused lil guy?

July 9, 2020

research writing for UCCS

Is there a correlation between Biblical inerrancy and gender equality?

Published in UCCS’s URJ, this research study surveyed 159 people via social media, asking questions about the Bible and women in leadership. The results found a correlation not only between people’s relationship to the Bible but also the gender of the person surveyed and the believed gender of God.

A meta analysis of ADHD and education

As a future educator, I read multiple articles on ADHD and how a teacher can help. The analysis found that the number one thing that helps students is diagnosing ADHD to get them on medication.

Marx’s Theory of Abstraction: Creation and Lord

This literary analysis traces the development of Marx’s theory of abstraction, how it was the beginning of all his theories and then ruled his thoughts later in life.