Five questions with amazing queer South Asians from around the world

C2Logan_Smirk copyPhoto Credit:  Ian Brown

What was it like growing up?

I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and I don’t think I realized I had an ethnicity until I was well into my teens. I remember getting sent home from Kindergarten because I had painted Kalamine lotion on my face. I was trying to have freckles like my friends did, but the brown crayon wouldn’t show up.  I was raised Catholic but I am unpractising.  My Mom’s family is from Goa and my Dad’s from Bangalore, India.

How did you come out?

I never liked school much, but one year….my mom saw I was happy to go. She asked what had changed and I told her I had a crush on my teacher but I wouldn’t tell her who. She took me to pick a bouquet and mentioned that it’s alright to have a crush, and to acknowledge it, but leave it at that…after all, it was student and teacher. When I gave my math teacher in Catholic school a bouquet of flowers, I think he was surprised….and just said, ‘Sit down’. I didn’t think anything of it…or make the connection. I was a happy kid with a crush that my mom said was ok.

Although I doubt she knew the crush was on a guy.

What has been your inspiration in life?

Sitcoms and comic books. They taught me everything from when to laugh to when to leave. Comics taught me a bit of Science, a bit of History, a bit of Art and how to leave space in a story for the audience to jump in. Sitcoms taught me there is a rhythm to language and that presentation of a story can almost be as important as the story itself.

What has been some of your greatest achievements?

My goal as a six year old was ‘to be in a film’….so I did that. Then I started producing books, and my book ‘dr.a.g.’ was chosen as a VIP Gift at the Sundance Film Festival and I was given a commendation by the Governor of Nevada. I’m excited for the sequel ‘Burlesque’, which we’re in the midst of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for.

However, I’m most proud of a little novel for kids I wrote about a penguin who wanted to fly. It really taught me I could tell a story well, and that book is in my heart.

What is your message to the world?

As an actor, as a writer….and as a book producer…my message to the world is that – Everyone has a story worth telling. Just make sure you know who you’re telling it to, so you can tell it in a way they can hear. Don’t lose your message in the mire.

Christopher Logan is an actor (Connie and Carla, Saving Silverman, Tron Legacy, Once Upon A Time) based in Vancouver, B.C. who produces books that celebrate diversity and inclusion in order to raise funding for independent film.  For more information check out his website at http://www.bookthefilm.com and his Kickstarter fundraising campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1369663719/the-burlesque-coffee-table-book

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dr.a.g. Cover Photo By:  Austin Young

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BURLESQUE Cover Photo By:  Karl Giant

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