Welcome to my digital home, which provides an outlet for my creative side. My career in marketing pays the bills. However, my muse is sated through photography, writing, podcasting and LGBT activism.
Photography has been with me since my senior year of high school. I often see more through my camera’s lens than through both eyes while my camera is asleep in its camera bag. My urge to write has grown since I came out in 1990 and was shocked and appalled by the challenges facing LGBT people. I have always enjoyed being on radio from my days on WHRW-FM, my college radio station in Binghamton, New York, spending a semester in London studying British Broadcasting and having been a regular on an Internet radio show and a guest on various radio talk shows. The jump into podcasting has been fun and rewarding. I have enjoyed having lively conversations with many inspiring guests. One guest best described the podcast as, “Think ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio’ meets NPR.”
This site is divided into sections representing my different creative facets. I recommend taking a look at my bio to find out more about what makes me tick. The photography section features galleries starting in June 2002 when I got my first digital camera, a point and shoot Sony. I have many prints and slides in books in a bookshelf from floor to ceiling covering more than three decades of film photography, which are not represented on this site. Starting in 2009 my photos have been taken with a Nikon DSLR. You will notice that the photos displayed in the photo section starting in mid-2011 are larger than the older ones making them easier to view.
The commentary section includes articles I have written over the years along with a broadcast piece I wrote and recorded for Valentine’s Day, which aired on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” in 2005, just a year after Rodolfo and I married in Toronto, Canada. I haven’t written many commentaries in the past few years having instead incorporated them into my John Selig Outspoken podcast and now my blog. Podcasts episodes are available and can be subscribed to through iTunes and can be downloaded and listened to via the podcast blog section of this site as well. The podcast blog also contains photographs, links and other useful information about each episode.
I began writing my blog in early 2015. I comment on a large variety of topics, some covering LGBT issues but many other topics as well. You can read blog posts in the blog section of this site and can also subscribe via an RSS feed that will automatically alert you when I upload a new post to the blog. Finally, I have a section of useful links that folks can refer to for information on LGBT, political, media and other useful resources. My intent for the links section is to share resources to help folks to stay informed and also to empower people to take action to make our country and world a better and safer place.
This website and much of its contents would not be possible without the assistance and unbelievable technical skills and support from my husband, Rodolfo Arredondo. He is a Webmaster by trade and a talented artist as well. Rodolfo is the technical genius behind all that you see here and an inspiration that keeps me balanced and adds more to my life than I could ever hope to express in words.
Make yourself at home and enjoy johnselig.com.
John R Selig
john at johnselig dot com
From my commentary
“John Selig Outspoken” Podcast
Episode 30 January 13, 2008
From my podcasts
Charles Flowers of the Lambda Literary Foundation; “Disappearing Gay Cultural Identity”
September 7, 2007
All content except for my podcast is protected by standard copyright. If you are interested in using any of this content, or would like full-size prints of any of my photos, please contact me at john at johnselig dot com. My podcast is distributed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US.)
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