It started in 2007 as a blog where Jason published posts that helped them document and chart their course through time and space. In 2021, Wyman and O'Reilly officially launched www.QueerlyComplex.com to create a platform for Jason's visual work. Since then, it has quickly grown into a whole cosmos of events, services, initiatives, collaborations, media, merchandise, and limited-run goods that bring together Queerdos and our comrades to co-create pathways towards our collective liberation from shame, punishment, domination, and oppression.
It was initially drafted by Jason Wyman, Crystal Mason, John O’Reilly, Trayvon Smith, Ash Tré Phillips, Jessie Sunday, Teddy Benjamin, and Midori. It comes with a Creative Commons 4.0 License, so anyone can use and remix it for any purpose, while giving credit to ALL of the people who initially drafted the first Work-in-Progress.
We know how to listen deeply for what’s said and left unsaid, ask just the right questions that reveal insights hidden in plain sight, and offer solutions that artfully move you towards your visions and dreams.
Our Creative Coaching starts with a 20 minute Intake Call to assess your needs, wants, and desires. By the end of the call, we will know whether Queerly Complex Creative Coaching is a match for your current situation or project. With deep connections to a wide range of consultants, business partners, and independent artists, even if we are not a match you will leave the Intake Call with leads on how to move from where you are to where you want to be.
If we are a match, the next step on our journey will be a 60-75 minute Dreaming Session. During this Dreaming Session, we will discover a central line of inquiry or a seed for dreaming. Then, Wyman will walk you into a dream space, which you will be in for 10 minutes. You will then be invited to document your dream, thoughts, connections, or lines of inquiry. Wyman will then ask a series of questions about your experience. This process always reveals creative prompts or actions that will help you take steps towards your dreams and desires in a manner aligned with your identities, cultures, and values.
Queerly Complex Creative Coaching is built upon two and a half decades of providing high quality, easy going, and adaptive creative consulting services to artists, musicians, filmmakers, journalists, dancers, gallerists, designers, educators, counselors, social workers, organizational leaders, activists, movement organizers, and entrepreneurs by queer, anti-binary San Francisco artist, educator, and facilitator Jason Wyman. Wyman uses an intuitive, emergent approach that offers concrete & creative tactics that move clients from dreams to actions to realities.
All our clients gain a queer perspective of their situation, issue, problem, or question and leave feeling heard, seen, and valued.
That’s an Herculean feat when we’re incessantly bombarded with shame and guilt for being too queer or weird or different by family members, neighbors, and the Monied Class. It can make feeling our complex feels and expressing our radical beliefs hella difficult. And yet we must still feel it all and we must still speak our truths for our collective survival depends on it.
The Queerly Complex Shop offers a selection of Queer Comfortwear and Limited-Run Goods that makes expressing ourselves, navigating the chaos, and finding our comrades a bit easier and way more fun. With a penchant for boldness and exuberance, Queerly Complex designs provoke playfulness and evoke curiosity.
And our Queerly Complex logo proudly displayed on all of our apparel, art, and merch means whenever and wherever you see it, you’re in the presence of Queerdos & comrades.
It’s soft to the touch, bold on the eye, and hangs just a wee bit loose, which means it fits perfectly. When you put it on, you feel more at ease with who you are and able to say what you want, need, or desire to say. Queerly Complex Queer Comfortwear will become your absolute favorite apparel any time you just want to be you.
For John, Queer Comfortwear started as a black t-shirt, the one piece of apparel he’s worn every day for over three decades. It started with band tees, like Coil, Soft Cell, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Wearing them helped him find his people in 80s and 90s LA, people he’s still dear friends with today. John learned the simple black t-shirt is more than just a tee. It’s a canvas upon which you can broadcast a message that helps you find fellow Queerdos and our comrades.
Queer Comfortwear for Jason could be a dress, a hoodie, a pair of sweats or leggings, a cap, a blouse. It is any piece of apparel that can go from cooking in the kitchen to lounging in the park to dancing on the dancefloor and still feels like it belongs. Jason’s played with gender their whole adult life, so Queer Comfortwear is any item you adore because it adorns you in a way that helps you be who you want, need, and desire to be.
We are always creating at Queerly Complex. It’s how we have fun, chart our course through the chaos all around us, and discover the things we love, detest, and crave. Creation is liberation, and that is art.
Every now and again, we stumble upon an idea, a mantra, an image, a method of making, an artform, a tool that seems especially relevant to the present moment. It begs us to be more than a thing we keep to ourselves. Instead, it demands to become a sketch, a limited edition print, a seasonal product, or some other good. These items are Queerly Complex Limited-Run Goods.
Every Limited-Run Good is available for a limited amount of time with a limited quantity. These higher priced items financially support Queerly Complex in working towards our vision of a sprawling, distributive complex of spaces that contribute to the collective generation of Queer Love, Family, Art, & Culture. Purchase yours today, and know that you are helping cultivate sanctuary for Queerdos.
We want to be clear: Queerly Complex Limited Run Goods are not our art. We believe art is the human drive to make meaning of this cosmos through numerous forms for cultural expression. As such, art can never be sold or purchased.
On August 28, 2007, shortly after Jason married John, Jason got the courage to launch a blog called Queerly Complex on Blogger. They shared deeply intimate portraits, from “Piss Trigger” to “The Fight with the Knife,” of their weird, queer life. It was radical candor through artistic expression, and it was a call for them to figure out who they were, where they fit into the world, and who were their comrades.
It is a platform to reveal their hidden vulnerabilities, share tactics that help them find their way, and celebrate the camaraderie and solidarity of Queer Love. Along the journey, Wyman will chat with fellow Queerdos and comrades, invite guest artists and writers to share their art, work, and stories, and may even publish a collection of select posts in print. The QC, a blog, is a free offering to all who seek some clarity, want to dream, and are working towards our collective liberation from shame, punishment, domination, and oppression.
Queerly Complex Events build on over two decades of Wyman producing intergenerational arts, media, healing, and education events, programs, and fellowships in the fields of youth development, community organizing, civic engagement, filmmaking, political education, and distance learning. All Queerly Complex Events focus on facilitating connection between guests with ease, grace, and care. Attention is paid to cultivate as accessible an environment as possible and communicate directly when known barriers to accessibility exist.
With over 25 years in the business of nonprofits, Wyman has come to deeply mistrust the ways in which charity is conceived, financed, and administered, so Queerly Complex does not practice charity.
For Queerly Complex, this means dedicating a significant portion of our time & resources to cultivating a culture that celebrates, practices, and propagates the creation of horizontal, distributive networks of care, aid, and support for queer, trans, immigrant, Black, Indigenous, disabled, and poor artists. In our 20 plus years of creating these kinds of networks in the fields of youth media, youth development, and education reform, we know that this work is so often un- or under-funded and that the labor of writing and getting grants takes away from the labor needed to sustain and propagate horizontal, distributive networks.
Hiring Queerly Complex services and shopping at our store allows us to continue co-creating pathways towards liberation through the propagation of horizontal, distributive networks without worry of where financing for these networks comes from.