When I was 19 or 20 and doing my thing, I can't sit here and say I had this strong political agenda - I was literally just being myself.
I've grown up very much living my life very visibly. I've never really hidden who I am.
I was unwelcome in the U.S. for four years.
In a way, we're going backwards. In the early '80s, it was like all these huge strides, and everything was more free and easy. I think we're going back. I don't know if it's the economics or what, but things are getting more right-wing, definitely.
The struggle isn't just about being straight or gay or transgender - it's a human struggle. That's always really been my kind of starting point: If you're out there and you're odd, come over to my house.
Ziggy Stardust, the Village People, and punk rock really shaped who I am as a person and as a gay man.