The play Queer Homo is written and performed by Juuso Kekkonen and is a stand up monologue about love, sex, gender and sexuality. It’s shown during West Pride today at 17.00 at Artisten. It’s his first international performance and the first one in English.
- One of the main things in the story is me and my boyfriend’s love story. He’s a transgender guy, and when we began to date, he wasn’t out, not even to himself. And it’s about me, a straight guy who ended up being happily engaged to a guy. But it’s also about… I’m polyamorous, I’m kinky, these stuff that… If you want to see love movies or stuff about romance it’s never my love story. I can’t just switch something on and see my love story being told in any media. That’s not my life, so partly out of frustration but also just because it felt so natural, I ended up doing biographical stuff.
Juuso has been doing the play in Finland for three years and the content has changed during this time. He has been adding new stories and removed the one he’s got tired of. The show during West Pride is a bit shorter, he says, like a best of.
He’s got awards and great reactions from the show and now he has quit his day job to work full time with the show Homo Queer, together with Jalmari Eskelinen who is the producer.
- This show has truly changed my life, starting to do it was something that enabled me to fully concentrate on my art and now I’m here, doing the first international show, Juuso says.
- It has also changed my perspective, about me, who I am and what I can do. But also, what the power of comedy can do. This is a show that has been important to some people, it’s helped some people to come out, and big stuff like that. And I’m uncomfortable about that, I don’t want to feel like this is important because otherwise I start to take myself seriously and that is the death of comedy. That would be horrible. But I get that comedy is really good for talking about the big stuff, I really feel that it’s the best way. If you get a person to laugh at my point of view, or even if they don’t agree, they might start thinking.
Text: Freja Arvidsson
Foto: Ola Gustafsson