The “Bottom Monologues” was born out of conversations at the 2008 Gay Men’s Health Summit in Seattle, Washington. At the summit, Alex Garner helped stage a performance of the late Eric Rofes’ screenplay, “Test/Positive/Now,” which features provocative monologues from men who have recently tested HIV-positive. The next morning, Trevor Hoppe presented his research on bottom identities, which was chock full of narratives from real bottoms in San Francisco. At Trevor’s workshop, Alex noted how fabulous it would be to do something like “Test/Positive/Now” about bottom identity. Back home in New York, Erik sent a follow-up note to Trevor about the idea, and Trevor added Alex to the dialogue. The project was born.
As we continue to develop the project, at each step we’ve solicited feedback from gay men’s health activists as we work. We’re thankful to everyone who has already contributed to the project on the Gay Men’s Health “Ning.” We hope to continue to involve the community in the development of this project. After all, it’s your stories we’re trying to tell. We hope you’ll join us in bringing “The Bottom Monologues” to life.