I Spent 365 Days as a Human Woman

I did it. I completed 365 days of being a human woman, which meant I had to post one status a day on Facebook/Instagram about an experience, no matter how big or small. Many people asked what being a human woman meant. Was I an alien right now? A kumquat, perhaps? I didn’t know what I…

Skateboarding with a Republican mayoral candidate

It’s not every day that I skateboard. Well, I’ve never skateboarded before, and I would never have thought a Republican candidate for mayor would end up being my teacher. Edwin Peacock III is running for mayor of Charlotte, and he took a moment out of his campaigning schedule to take me out to the half pipe in…

What housesitting is really like in Charlotte plus Carol the Cat

My latest story in CharlotteFive is about housesitting in Charlotte — and it has a love story. An east meets west, Romeo and Juliet encounter with Carol. Carol is a cat. I never thought I’d love cats again since my beloved childhood one, Dolly, passed away several years ago. But Carol taught me you can be feline (I’m sorry) the love again even…

I Went to Wildacres and Came Back with (Most of) a Book

Being one with nature is not on my list of top skills, but I applied for the Wildacres Writing Residency Program in January anyway. Desperate for a quiet space to finish my book, the concept of sitting in a cabin with no wifi sounded adventurous, a mini Wild meets Eat Pray Love except with a swarthy…

Live performance is a drag

This past Saturday afternoon brought me to Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in Charlotte. Not only did I have a bloodlust for vintage 40s hats, but a legitimate reason to be shopping there at all: local environmental activist Ahmer Inam and I are are going to be presenting at Pecha Kucha Night Charlotte, Vol. 13 — and I needed a…

Nacho, Nacho Man

Yesterday, I told you the top three places to get nachos in Charlotte. The only ingredients I had for nachos this morning were an unopened bag of blue corn Tostitos, which I must save for a party this weekend, and a small block of Parmigiano Reggiano. What I had ready to go were wigs and costumes. So I danced with that bag of chips…

Search for the Best Nachos in the Queen City

Finally, I get to write about my first true love: nachos. CharlotteFive is featuring my take the three best places to get your queso fix. There’s even a recipe at the end of it, which my bestie/nachos-partner-in-crime Fitz created when we were stuck inside on a rainy day. Did I pick your favorite place for nachos? Comment…

Let’s Share a (Hershey) Kiss

**UPDATE: Second Chance Soup has been postponed until March due to incremental weather. Stay tuned!** Last June, I presented my web series Pillow Talk with Joanne to a live studio audience at Queen City Soup, presented by Project Art Aid. I came thisclose to winning their grant — and it was fantastic to share the experience with international drag queen Roxy C….

Pillow Talk with Kay Hagan?

  This weekend, I soiree’d at the Equality NC Gala in Greensboro, North Carolina. I arrived in my long velor gown with fake fur cuffs. AND fake fur scarf. Hello, Rita Hayworth. That’s where I got to invite soon-to-be former Senator Kay Hagan onto Pillow Talk with Joanne.  Hagan ran a tight race against resident D-bag Thom Tillis…

Still Praying the Gay Away?

My friend Charles Easley wrote about the viral video that made me both snort laugh and shake my head this morning. It stars a gay man who was “saved” by the Holy Spirit from his man-loving ways — but obviously not from his “paisley Liberace jacket,” as Easley describes. Or muster-hued frilly tie and matching pocket square….