For years, I had this idea of exploring comments I had heard in Edmonton gay bars when I first came out, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2010 that it occurred to me to juxtapose those statements with photos of myself “transitioning” to whiteness — blonde hair, blue contacts — in an effort to show how the internalization of racism can manifest externally. Seeking Single White Male was born shortly thereafter.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this month what an amazing and inspiring person Vivek is. His first short film, Seeking Single White Male, is once again available to watch online, and you can buy his latest, What I LOVE about being QUEER, on DVD. (And you should.)