Sexuality is a Birthright

The Nest Project will be hosted in downtown Portland, OR for July’s First Thursdays Art Walk at The Sanctuary Club in the Pearl District.  This is a club dedicated to taking the stigma off sex and offering a safe place to explore one’s own unique sexuality and body. 

I will be building a nest starting at 6:00 pm and opening the nest for portraits starting at 8:00 pm. I’ll have scheduled spots open from 8:00-10:00 pm. After that time, it will be first-come, first-serve for people to hop in the nest. 

Since this Nest is dedicated to sexuality being a birthright, for the scheduled shoots, I am looking for people with a story to share about their own sexuality or gender. All shoots are done in the buff and are free of charge but donations are welcome. 

So, either come out to watch me action, schedule a session in my nest, or come to hang out in the club and hop in the Nest if you dare. 

Date: July 6, 2017

Time: 6:00pm- until closing

Location: Sanctuary Club, a sanctuary for sex positive Portland
33 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR | Above Splash Bar – enter on 9th

Claim your spot now. Register here.

From Alyssa Nicole to Nicholas Anthony

It’s the same story I’ve been telling over and over again. 

But, this time, it’s different. 

This time, I am honoring Alyssa.

I haven’t said that name in like 3 years. 

I was ashamed of that person.  

It’s weird to say this…but I don’t even remember how she was.

  I suppressed those memories.  

I just remember how I felt and I was angry. 

Extremely angry. 

Miserable.

With a chip on my shoulder.  

I wasn’t happy.  

It was very hard to make the transition and go against what everyone else thought. 

But, at the end of the day….it’s what makes you happy.

If you can’t live with yourself…then there’s no point.  

People used to say….”smile”, “why don’t you smile?”. 

I haven’t heard that in a while.     

I’m getting to know myself in a new way. 

And finding comfort with the person I am now.  

I’m able to step back,

open my eyes,

and realize that without Alyssa,

I wouldn’t be who I am.

She was the courageous person that went through what she did and made me the person I am now.  

This time, I am honoring Alyssa. 

 

* This piece was made in collaboration with Nicholas Anthony Taylor in Brooklyn, NY.