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St. Louis Activist Fixture On "Protests & Punk Shows"

Corey Woodruff

Stephen Houldsworth is a self-described "grumpy old gay man" (though his life's work aimed at bettering society suggests that characterization should be taken with a grain or two of salt.) His one-man performance involves a collection of stories about family, AIDS, race and mosh-pits. 

"Protests & Punk Shows While Making Other Plans: Musings of a Grumpy Old Gay Man" was recently performed for the third time when Houldsworth traveled from his home in St. Louis to punk DIYvenue Black Sheep last weekend. Houldsworth was interviewed before the performance, and this piece was taken from that conversation as well as his show. Listen now:

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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