Meet Joseph Dick: Interview on yoga, transformation, and his work, Queer Fear
“What I’m really looking to do with the zine is to make the everyday invisible, visible... The internal is not always so visible and one of the crimes of it is [that] we don’t get to talk about it or really have a conversation about it. Those conversations don’t happen in traditionally heterosexual spaces, so Queer Fear is all about visualizing those fears, talking about them and facing them out in the open.” - Joseph Dick
I’m so honored and excited to bring you this one-of-a-kind interview with my friend, the infinitely talented Joseph Dick.
Joseph Dick is one of those people that you meet and instantly fall in love with his warmth. Over the last few years that I have known him, he has taught me about acceptance, loving people for who they are, and honoring who we are. He is incredibly authentic and shares his story of transformation through yoga, art, and mindful practice.
Joe shares his experience of coming out as gay and how his growth transformed his yoga practice, connection with the arts, and the way he holds relationships with others. He focuses on creating conversations that are open minded, but working to create a change in the standard mindset of those around him.
His zine, Queer Fear, is focused on sharing stories about queer experiences in a way that is approachable to all different kinds of people. According to Joe, "Queer experiences are fundamentally human experiences, and often to walk in the shoes of another can mean the difference between fear and acceptance."
In this interview, you will learn about:
- Using an evolving yoga practice to guide your unique transformation, face your fears, and focus on your passions
- How to embrace who you are and live your story by sharing it with others
- How we can reduce the idea of binary and labels
- How to have better conversations, understanding that we share different life experiences
- How we can worker harder to be allies for each other and understand our own privileges
And so much more. We are here to start a conversation, so we hope his stories spark some new ideas:
Once you are able to think about Joe's incredible words throughout the interview, I would love to hear from you! In the comments below, please share some of your thoughts, your questions, or things you have learned. We would love to continue the conversation with you.
I highly encourage you to keep up with Joe and his zine at Queer-Fear.com. Queer fear is also on Facebook (@queerfear) and Instagram (@queer.fear). If you are in the area, attend one of his launch events! You will enjoy such an enlightening experience listening to very talented speakers and poets.
Thank you so very much for reading, watching and sharing your voice. It is such a pleasure to continue sharing my world with each of you each week.
Have the happiest of Fridays!