Queerlefty is a 30 year old gay man living in Bergen, Norway. His blog, Welcome To All That, was established in December 2007 under the name I Need To Be Nicer, but found its current (plat-)form in May 2008. Welcome To All That offers his personal and often distinctively gay perspective on a variety of topics, covering film, music, media, sports and with the occasional dip into politics.

Although the updates have become more irregular over times, the site still aims to be a place for personal commentary on the blips on the pop culture radar, as well as autobiographical essays and pieces on whatever is of interest or importance to a queer community.

Queerlefty wants you to know that he was a Nordic democratic socialist way before it became fashionable in America. He holds a master’s degree in History, writing about the historiography of the UK Labour party.

You may contact Queerlefty at welcometoallofthat@yahoo.com. Feel free to offer your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section.

Thanks for visiting!

16 Responses to About

  1. I don’t stumble upon thoughtful but very fun gay-themed blogs often. I smile when it comes to your taste in men because we share similarities! =P Just don’t post too much about Zac Efron. That boy has yet to prove to me that he deserves stardom. I don’t even think he’s all that good-looking! x_x

  2. queerlefty says:

    Thanks. While prominently featured, Zefron will certainly have to share the spotlight, don’t worry. As for his hotness, I guess we just have to agree to disagree.

    My taste is subject to constant change. You can track it on my monthly Sexiest Males Alive list.

  3. Smilie says:

    Interesting…if only you could convince the kids that I work with that university is important. :-)

  4. queerlefty says:

    Yeah, though I might not seem like it from this introduction, I really love being a student. I’m granted time and academic resources to pursue a personal interest of mine. What’s not to love?

    What do you teach?

  5. Smilie says:

    I work as a computer programmer/network analyst/mokey for the public school system. Before my current school I worked in a junior high school (grades 7-9). I spent a lot of time working with kids and discussing the need to finish school and do something afterward.

  6. queerlefty says:

    Oh, okay. Sounds like you’re doing admirable work, then. I sort of suspect I’ll end up teaching too, I just don’t think I’d be any good at it. It’s either that or some generic office job. If I could choose though, I’d rather be a political adviser or a pop culture writer, or maybe something in academia.

  7. Smilie says:

    I enjoyed that job and found I really liked working with the kids. The school I’m at now focuses on home-based learning and my job is more technical then counselling. Sometimes I miss it.

    Some how I see you as a writer. :-)

  8. queerlefty says:

    Thanks, Smilie, your encouragement means a lot to me.

    I’m sure it’s great working with kids. They always prove to be smarter than you think, they’re honest and curious by default. I’m just unsure about whether I’d have anything to teach them that somebody else couldn’t have done better. I guess I’m not the best at leveling with people.

  9. Smilie says:

    It can be fun and rewarding to work with them. Of course it can also be frustrating as all hell too. :-)

    I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss your teaching ability. From what I’ve read on this blog I can tell that you’re intelligent and able to articulate your point of view. Those are essential qualities that seem to be lacking in a number of teachers I know. I suspect that you’d make a fine teacher.

  10. Lefty,

    This is so wonderful to read — you have captured a perfect dialogue here with Bryan, and what his poetry seeks to do (and does). This is one of the best interviews about gay poets I have read, and you have done an extraordinary job. I was proud to be a part of Bryan’s new book — his friendship has been a happiness in my life. I am so glad that his work will be noticed by writers such as yourself. Thank you very much. I look forward to following your blog regularly!

    • queerlefty says:


      thank you very much for your kind words. I had wanted to talk to Bryan about his poetry for a long time, and actually contacted him about an interview last summer. He didn’t have the time back then, but when I reapproached him earlier this month, he gave more of his time than I could ever have hoped for, in order to answer a long list of questions with seemingly only peripheral relevance to his poetic project. I’m very glad it came out well, but the credit for that mostly belongs to Bryan. I just asked and edited the questions, and tried to give them a respectful and readable narrative voice. We all love Bryan.

      I think the reason why Bryan has attracted so many readers, and why so many of his readers are so passionate about what he does (including me; this was more an exchange of ‘journalistic fanmail’ than an interview), is that has established this comfortable and welcoming atmosphere around his writing, that nevertheless is filled with the same playful no-bullshit attitude as his poems. I will continue to preach his gospel from the Northern reaches of the world.

      Also, I want to welcome you to my blog. I can only hope that I’ll be able to give a reason to keep coming back.

  11. I love smart boys. It’s really cool you’re in Norway. I feel the need to say “gutentog” to you even though it’s German (sorry about the spelling).

    • queerlefty says:

      MedLady, I’m honored. To me, you’ve been this almost mythical presence on Bryan’s blog ever since I started reading it back in 2008. I read your blog, too, I’m just not as good at leaving comments. I’ll try to get better at it. So, yeah, Norway’s watching.

      Don’t we all get a need to speak German to each other sometimes? I know I do.

      Oh, and ‘Guten Tag’ in Norwegian is ‘God dag’.

      Thanks for coming back


  12. Wow, you are my daughters age… You have a great smile too!

    E Stelling

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