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Roy is one of our country's leading experts on LGBT History, and American politics.
Roy is a blogger, writer, queer activist, equality advocate, anti-bullying evangelist.
He's worked as an actor, voice-over artist, and singer.
He spent nearly 20 years as a corporate financial analyst. He's been a political meteorologist, gadfly, and world traveler, all his life.
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The blog "Tie-dyed Jive in the (415)"
I originally called this blog "Tie-dyed Jive in the (415)." While I offically dropped "Tie-dyed" for making people too tongue-tied, I settled on Jive in the  , to signify that the blog originates in San Francisco.
When I came up with the name "Tie-dyed Jive in the (415)", it was to honor my late brother Jay, my dear friend Robin, and my brother-in-law Dave, 3 people who couldn't be more different, and they all shared a passion for the Grateful Dead; As devoted Deadheads, they followed the band all over the country.
While I never shared their enthusiasm for the Grateful Dead, I came to love and appreciate their dedication to the Dead, and their vivid memories full of infectious music and melodies, and a scene that I often turned my nose up to - and didn't appreciate until I moved to ground zero in San Francisco, where it all began.
Any reference to "Tie-dyed" you might see scattered around this blog, is a reflection of the love and respect I have for them.
Education And Professional Experience
A northern New Jersey native, I grew up a WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) in a dyed -in-the-wool Republican activist household, with strong family ties to the US Navy.
My interest in politics started when I was very young. My start in GOP party politics began with delivering campaign materials door to door as a kid. I then started making phone calls to voters, and as a teenager in high school found myself in Washington, DC where I spent 4 summers as an intern, working in the office of my Congresswoman. During my time in the trenches, I worked on successful campaigns for town council, county freeholder, the state assembly, state senate, and New Jersey governor. I was a college campaign coordinator for a victorious presidential candidate.
After majoring in English at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, where I sang in the Rutgers Glee Club, I moved to Manhattan to work in New York City, and was a Financial Analyst for a Fortune 100 Corporation for over 10 years. I decided to change careers, and I studied acting at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), University of Surrey, with an emphasis on Musical Theatre. GSA is located in Guildford, Surrey, England just south west of London.
I worked as an actor in several productions upon returning to the states, and despite steady work, decided that I enjoyed the stability of a corporate job, and found a position as a financial analyst, and returned to working in the private sector.
When I was able to vote in the first election I could cast a ballot, I started looking more closely at both party platforms, and developed my own views, and realized that as an adult, the anti-gay Republican party that my family had been devoted to for decades, didn't represent my point of view.
Jive in the  has gotten some press!
- The New York Times 9/26/11 Retailers Get Heat for Sales That Generate Anti-Gay Aid
- Newsweek Daily Beast 8/22/11 Christian Group’s New Gay War
- The Bay Area Reporter 8/18/11 SF blogger plans Target boycott
- SF Weekly "The Snitch" 8/09/11 S.F. Blogger Gets Bizarre Phone Call from Christian Values Network
- SF Weekly "The Snitch" 8/02/11 Gay Blogger Calls for Boycott of Retail StoresSupporting Christian Values Network