UCLA IMPACT 2012 Grand Prize Winner: How I Use a Condom

Congratulations to the IMPACT 2012 Grand Prize Winner!

“How I Use A Condom” by:

Sonny Ngyuyen and Justin Taylor

Artist Bio: Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is a graduate from The Evergreen State College where his focuses were on media production and business leadership.  Justin has volunteered as the marketing director for Capital City Pride for the past two years and  he currently works as an HIV/AIDS prevention coordinator for Pierce County AIDS Foundation where he runs the Mpowerment Olympia project.  Mpowerment Olympia seeks to mobilize young gay and bisexual men to create positive social connections for themselves while promoting safer-sex.  With his background in media and an outstanding volunteer team, Justin has been able to find exciting new ways of engaging with his local gay community.  Justin continues to be amazed by the dedication and talent of the volunteers he works with, specifically his friend and colleague Sonny Nguyen.

Presently, Justin is screening is first short film, “Tying the Knot” at film festivals across the nation.  “Tying the Knot” was a successfully funded Kickstarter project about a closeted politician trying to find redemption through his secret kinky relationship with a male prostitute. As an artist, he’s held firm in the belief that the further you can transport someone outside of what they know, only for them to find the interconnection of our shared human experience; that’s the potential magic of creation that happens every time someone views your art.

“Whatever your goal is in life, it has to withstand the process, and drive you every step of the way to see it become something tangible, something real and effectual” – Justin Taylor

More info can be found at: Mpoweroly.org and JCTaylordesign.com


Artist Bio: Sonny Nguyen

Sonny Nguyen is a queer person of color, a community organizer, and a storyteller. To Sonny, all of these things are the same, are crucial to informing each other. Through spoken word poetry, Sonny weaves the realities of people living on the intersections of hardships into collective stories and messages. Sonny does not claim to speak for any movements, but does their best to echo the voices of those around them. Sonny’s work has been featured at queer events and youth poetry events across the Puget Sound area, but can regularly be seen on the Hook Up, Mpowerment Olympia’s YouTube show at www.youtube.com/mpoweroly. Sonny is very humbled to be part of a winning team with peer and close friend Justin Taylor.


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