Archetypes: Colin Murphy

 

A conversation with Colin Murphy, executive editor of Vital VOICE and project historian for the LGBT History Project, an effort that celebrates, documents and preserves the many stories of St. Louis’ LGBT past. A 22-year journalism veteran, Murphy engages the St. Louis LGBT community with compelling local and national content, while also penning the longest-running LGBT column in St. Louis. Through his work with the LGBT Center of St. Louis and the LGBT History Project, Murphy has conducted numerous oral histories with area elders, and uncovered countless documents, artifacts and memorabilia for the collection in an effort to share his community’s stories of struggle and success for the greater good.

What is your current frame of mind? 
Excitedly curious.
When and where are you happiest?
At home around my family—both by blood and by choice.
What is your favorite smell?
Bacon frying.
What is one word that describes you?
Driven.
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Coffee.
Which words or phrases do you most over-use?
“Really?” and recently any form of “I’m plucked.”
What is your most marked characteristic?
Irreverence.
What is your greatest weakness?
I still care a lot what people think.
What trait do you most admire in others?
Honesty.
Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My husband.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My Irish temper—and to always think before I speak.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting sober in 2005.
Which living person do you most admire?
Hillary Clinton.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Vito Russo.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be?
Someone with money and a good heart.
What is your most treasured possession?
My personal collection of LGBT periodicals from the ’60s on.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My husband would say cigarettes.
What is your greatest fear?
Running out of time.
On what occasion do you lie?
To save someone from unnecessary harm.
Who are your favorite writers?
Truman Capote, Andrew Holleran, Paul Monette and Tennessee Williams.
Which artists do you admire most?
I really love Pink.
What is your favorite hobby?
I’m a big history geek. I also do genealogy.
Where would you like to live?
London.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Leon Braxton, Daniel Flear and the countless people who have helped pave the way for me.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Truman Capote.
What’s something interesting that you just learned?
There is a game changer in HIV prevention that most insurance plans will cover.
What are you most looking forward to?
PrideFest.
What is one thing you wish would happen?
That all LGBT people would feel empowered to come out.
What is something you still want to learn?
How to play a musical instrument.
What is one thing you want to do before you die?
Travel Europe.
If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be?
You’re doing just fine. And, don’t sleep with that guy!

 

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Archetypes: Colin Murphy

 

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