Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Writers and Writing: Lucas CorVatta

Writer’s Block airs every Tuesday, at 9 a.m. MST on KFUN/KLVF, streaming live at 

A Funny Man in Heels With a Message of Hope
Lucas CorVatta is a charming young man whose quirky sense of fun has made him into an entertainer with flair. As a writer he has a mission to encourage people to be who they are, and to live fully. As a young man he struggled to come to terms with being gay only to learn that when he revealed his nature, the people closest to him embraced him fully.

“I’m lucky. I have a family who loves and supports me,” he said in our on-air interview. Being accepted is part and parcel of who Lucas is, and he wants that for others.

Lucas writes for Pride and Equality, a gay and lesbian magazine with well over 14,000 subscribers and growing. His column The Corvatta Chronicles talks about what it means to be gay and to be funny. On his website and in the column, the one-liner that takes your eye is, “There’s no stopping a boy in heels!” His comedy routines are send ups of female comics like Phyllis Diller. He is part of a comedy troupe called the Jewel Box and is broadening his range by taking on writing gigs, being a producer, and earning his acting chops.

Lucas claims to “not be a writer,” and yet much of what he does involves writing. He creates his own routines and writes regularly to communicate his advocacy for gay rights. He said in a column in Pride and Equality, after breaking the news to his mother that he was coming out, “Her only concern was what others who are not accepting of the gay lifestyle might do to me. Six years later I’m performing gay standup comedy on stage, wearing hooker high-heels and a feathered boa. Life is a process of growth. What may not be possible today might be possible tomorrow.”

That positive attitude continues to move Lucas forward in his career and continually brings him into contact with people who encourage him. In some ways that support has allowed him to be a gentle advocate through a message of understanding, caring and compassion.

He takes seriously the importance of resources available to those who want to come out but have reservations and fears. His message is to be ready for any kind of reaction and to find support from others who know what you’re going through.

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