Reflecting on what thirty individuals, dead or alive, I would want to attend a dinner party hosted by yours truly has been quite the task. Never having been one for hero worship I couldn't at first come up with more than five people. Turning to Courtney she reminded me of a few who should have been at the forefront of my list: John Waters for example. I can quote almost every line of dialog the man has written so why didn't I think of him?
Absent from the list are people I do admire but for some reason or another I didn't think of them until right now: Tori Amos, Carol Burnett, Nancy Kulp, and Mrs. Butterworth. Notice how I didn't mention any men? Argh, such a weakness. I think the fact that I grew up with a sister who is near my age, and I spent the majority of time with my mother, I find women more inspiring than men. It's surprising that I'm gay, isn't it? There are men on my thirty list as you'll see below.
Ultimately the list includes people in my almost 30 years who have had some sort of profound influence on me. I think everyone on the list inspires me still to this day in some way.