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Renewal

In 2017 Spotted Dog Architecture was certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. Finally. I was gay enough. As a business. Personally, I’ve been plenty gay long before 2017, although I don’t recall ever getting a certificate. And like clockwork, my renewal e-mail…
jwa
April 9, 2021
LGBTLife

Just Breathe

Very rarely do I talk politics with my clients. I was taught not to. Architecture should be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone, regardless of their political stripe. At the same time, I don’t know that I’ve ever discussed politics anywhere within this blog. In my head, I have tried to…
jwa
January 22, 2021
architectureLGBT

Brace for Impact

I spent last Friday talking with queer (and not) architecture students as part of a conference series sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students. I shared some of my experiences about being out and open in architecture, something I’ve made no bones about since my first job. Why else…
Clint Thomson
November 13, 2020
LGBTLife

My Story

Happy National Coming Out Day! To celebrate, I wanted to post what I hope is the first of many queer stories in architecture. I wanted to talk about my story. Except I’m not sure I have a story. Whenever I participate in a panel discussion around equity and diversity, I…
Clint Thomson
October 11, 2020
LGBTLife

The Queer Stories Project

Sunday is National Coming Out Day, and while I have been out in the profession since the start of my career, my face still isn’t the one you expect to see when you attend a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Most attendees are probably wondering what’s with the…
Clint Thomson
October 9, 2020
architectureLGBT

Are We Proud Yet?

We are at the end of Pride for 2020. In all fairness we are proud year-round, but it is now the end of Pride month. To say this year was more unusual than most is an understatement. Especially coming off the fanfare surrounding last year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall…
Clint Thomson
July 3, 2020
LGBT

Panic! Panic! Panic!

Panic! Panic! Panic! You do not call me when I’m in New Orleans. That’s been the cardinal rule since James and I started traveling there 20+ years ago. And in a city where breakfast is as likely to start with a mimosa or Bloody Mary as it is with coffee,…
Clint Thomson
October 1, 2019
Food for thoughtLGBTLife

Hotel Perks (Quirks)

Hotel Perks Quirks I don’t think I travel a lot. I’m certainly not in the realm of those who travel every week for work. But every year I start adding things up and realize I’m moving around a lot more than I think. (As I type this I’m thinking “How…
Clint Thomson
September 20, 2019
architecturebusinessLGBT

Is That Twenty One?

Is That Twenty-one in People Years? If you’re terrible with dates, social media will eventually remind you at some point that a friend/family member/spouse has an event/birthday/anniversary. If the combination is spouse/anniversary, you hope you’ve remembered beforehand. But nothing like a little panic shopping the day of. Consequently, thanks to…
Clint Thomson
July 29, 2019
architecturebusinessLGBT

No One Said

I’ve been corresponding with an architecture student for the last few years following a chance meeting at the AIA conference in Orlando. He’s involved in a co-op program, so he’s been working off and on while pursuing his degree – well on his way to becoming an architect. Except his…
Big Gay Architect
June 11, 2019