Hometown: Chicago. As Kanye West said, “I’m so Chi that you thought I was bashful.” (For the record, I’m not bashful.)
His current neighborhood: South End.
What’s your day job? I helped open a charter school last year, and I now work there as a learning specialist/special education teacher for sixth graders.
What is something most people don’t know about you? I abhor ketchup. The smell makes me a bit queasy.
Who’s your favorite superhero? I’m kind of a huge geek for this kind of stuff. It’s a toss up. I love Batman. He’s complex while being just a regular dude who wants to do the right thing. Him or Gambit from the X-Men. Such a stud. And he throws cards. Baller.
I believe you’re one of the Corps members that has a karaoke obsession. What is your go-to song? Obsession is strong, but I do find myself at Club Café almost every Wednesday. Currently? “Bad” by Michael Jackson or “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé.
What song would you like to sing, but you don’t since it’s out of your range? Or has that ever stopped you from singing it? One of my singing idols is Christina Aguilera. While she has lost some of her luster (mostly because her song writing is just not as good as it use to be), she used to kill it back in the day. I can pretty much accurately sing “What a Girl Wants” and “Walk Away,” but sadly I have to do it an octave lower. Definitely not as impressive.
Favorite Stevie Wonder song? So this dude is actually my music idol (and the greatest singer of all time, I would argue). I would have to say it’s a toss up between “You Met Your Match” and “I Was Made to Love Her.”
Which Boston-area bar do you frequent regularly? Outside of Club Café I find myself at Sister Sorel and Drink the most.
If you were forced to keep one personal item and toss out the rest of your belongings, what item would you keep? I have a manila folder covered in pictures of my family and stuffed full of all of the cards, letters, and notes of love and encouragement that I have received since my junior year of high school. It’s about the width of a football now and I bring it everywhere I go. That, or my copy of “Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Name one celebrity crush. Hands down, Kit Harrington, who is better known as Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones.” I just wanna play with his hair.
What brings you to tears? People at their best, when harm is done to children, or a perfectly timed chord progression/resolution in a song.
How has being a member of the Corps aided your coming-out experience? While I was out to most of my close friends and associates in college, I didn’t come out to my parents until after I joined the Corps. I remember telling the Corps members at our first brunch that I hadn’t come out to my parents but had planned on doing it soon. They regaled me with their coming-out stories—the glorious and the tragic. It was great for me to know that I had this incredible group of friends who had been through what I was about to go through and would support me no matter what. When I got back to Boston after telling my parents, the Corps members surprised me at the airport with a glittered sign that said “Andrew, We Love You!” It was one of the nicest things anyone had ever done for me.
What does TWC mean to you? It wasn’t until I dove into TWC that I really felt like I had found my own place in Boston where I could fully be me. To me, TWC screams what community should be: a group where you come as you are and someone will always have a hug to give and some glitter to spread on your face. I needed that, and I think everyone who walks through the doors of one of our events realizes that they need it a little bit, too.
Andrew was interviewed by Corps alum Fred Durso #4042, who blogs at freddurso.wordpress.com.