I was born and raised in rural North Carolina.

My fondest childhood memory is of playing in the dense, acrid, poison fog that was belched out by the county mosquito control truck during its daily dusk-time trip down our dirt road.

The cry of “Smokey! Smokey!” would fly up and down Nine Foot Road once the first faint sound of the pest control truck’s generator was detected in the distance. Trailer screen doors would slam open and kids would pour into the street for ten minutes of gleeful, giddy, mad dashing around in the thick white clouds of DDT. We would smash into each other with full force in the blinding swirls and just scream and laugh hysterically, pick ourselves up and start running again. Parents had not a whit of concern about their children playing directly behind the spewing pipes of a pest control truck. In fact, NOT being allowed to play in the poison fog was often held out as potential punishment for misbehavior.

I think this explains a lot about me.

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  • WiMountainBear

    Site looks sweet Joe….

  • Thank you to you Joe for continuing after so many years. I’ve been around since shortly after you started. I found you when searching for drag names on google. A group of friends were here at my house picking out names for a costume on our upcoming RSVP cruise. Google sent us to a post of yours and I’ve been here ever since that night. With inspiration from people like you, I started my blog just over a year ago here on WordPress. Keep up the good work, you are appreciated.

  • Isaac

    I’ve been following your blog since I was 18, since the beginning. I think I am better off for having followed this site; the content has made me the perfect mix of informed and angry, and I wouldn’t have decided to pursue a career in civil rights law if not for the sparks that have flown on sites like yours. Thanks for everything you do, and always remember that your contributions have a real and lasting impact. The new site looks cool, and I wish you many more years of success.

  • Joe.
    You are more than a hero.
    I am not the happiest puppy out there, but the day I discovered your blog and realized what you have taken on and excelled at well…
    I survive today because of your courage and how you work it.

    A friend in Canada.

    • Queequeg

      Glad you are surviving. The JMG community cares about its members.

  • Kurt Cunningham

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about with people hating on this new site.
    It looks amazing and is very easy to navigate!
    Great Job!

  • Tony Adams

    New site is good! Very Thoroughly Modern Millie.

  • Love the new look. Loads up fast for me, even on my phone.

  • Queequeg

    The new site is great. It works better on my iPad than the old site. It will take a little while to get used to, but JMG is my #1 source for LGBT news.

  • Tor

    When I was a kid, I loved to stand behind cars and inhale the exhaust fumes…..Probably explains a lot about me, as well.

  • LAguy323

    The redesign is super, Joe!

  • David Teager

    Love the content, but hate the freestanding site design. “Click this link to see more [even if it’s only two words]?” Ugh. And so many fonts… Let’s hope you’re tweaking it. At least I discovered the “page through” section. I know you didn’t love The Dish/sullyblog, but you have to admit the site worked beautifully.