PRIDE SPOTLIGHT: DEATON JONES
Oh haiiii NYC, HAPPY PRIDE! 🏳️🌈 We're celebrating our love for the LGBTQ community by interviewing some of the fiercest out and proud members of our ((305)) squad. Almost all our junkies already know mini-celeb and NYC instructor Deaton, but our boo got waaay real with us about crushes, cruisin’, and celebratin’ your fabulous self.
Yaaaaasss Deaton! We wanna hear what Pride means to you.
Pride is about love trumping hate. It's about the evolution towards acceptance and acceptance itself, even in the face of societal or cultural disagreement. Pride is a celebration of ❤️.
You’ve been with our ((305)) fam for years -- how does ((305)) embrace the spirit of Pride?
((305)) celebrates the definition of Pride by acknowledging and celebrating the unique qualities that make each one of us special. We don't judge if you can't do all the steps and we love it when you add your own flare. ((305)) isn't here to put you in an oppressive box; ((305)) is here to help you break out.
Speakin’ of breaking out, what would you tell someone who might be confused/struggling with/questioning/exploring their sexuality?
Embody Samantha Jones and be a trysexual. You'll never know until you try.
We should all channel our inner Samantha! We gotta know -- what's your coming out story?
My grandmother walked in on me kissing a guy. It was a shock, but hey . . . sometimes you gotta see to believe.
What's the best part about being gay/queer?
The forward communication. Same-sex relationships -- be it friendly or romantic -- tend to have more open communication channels due to a more lateral power dynamic. When two men or two women are talking, for better or worse, there is a more equal power dynamic between them in comparison to a conversation between one man, woman, and/or non-gender-conforming person. These dynamics even trickle down to the interface of our dating apps (look at the differences between Grindr and Tinder - one is more open while the other is more secure/closed). As a result, I feel more feelings are expressed and acted upon in same-sex communities/environments. And while I don't just mean that to be about sex (which is definitely heightened in the male, gay community), that is also definitely a fun benefit. 😉
There are lots of stereotypes about gay or queer people. Which one bugs you most?
That gay men are sissies. No out, LGBT person is a sissy. Every one of us has stood up against societal norms from the time they were born to establish their identity. Don't come at me with some sissy bullsh*t if you've been spoon-fed your sexual-, racial-, or gender-identity from your first breath with no question.
Alright, let’s cut to the juicy stuff! What's your take-it-to-the-next-level move when you're crushing on someone?
OMG . . . I make them take my class. Nothing makes me feel more like a HBIC than orchestrating an amazing class in front of a love interest.
Oooh, what a power move! Tell us, what's the best song to play when you're in the mood to cruise?
One night stand . . . general house music. Love interest . . . Marian Hill.
One last thing -- how can fitness be a tool for empowering people?
I think of my body as a living, working temple with gears and fuel coursing up and down and around all the time. Fitness helps keeps everything moving, feeling good, and slay-ready.