Kent Gryphon, former Mr Gay Sydney and Gay Men’s Education Officer, was born and raised in Sydney’s Greater West, a place several decades ago not known for it’s acceptance of any type of diversity.

Kent grew up in the small town of Camden, an hour south west of Sydney, and moved into the heart of Sydney’s gay scene as soon as he could. It was here he met and befriended Sydney’s most colourful sex workers, drag Queens and drama Queens. Never one to stay in the same place for long, he has lived in Surrey Hills, Darlinghurst, Bondi, Bronte, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Kings Cross and London, all before coming full circle to actually buy his first home in Elderslie, the suburb just before Camden.

Being an avid party-goer, Kent became a male dancer in the production show “Beverly Buttercup and her Buns” for 7 years, one of Western Sydney’s longest and most successful Drag shows. Together they raised money and awareness for Western Sydney’s People Living with HIV/AIDS. He also started working at ACON Western Sydney as a Youth Worker, helping them in dealing with issues of coming out in the Greater West, isolation, homophobia, relationships, drugs, and HIV/AIDS. Kent then began working for ACON in Sydney as a Gay Men’s Education Officer, working on preventative Campaigns and other health initiatives.
Kent has an Arts Degree, studying Psychology (Human Sexuality) and Photography. In 2000, Kent won the title of Mr Gay Sydney and used this role to again raise awareness of many issues that remain current today for gay men and lesbians. Kent was a regular photographic contributor for almost every major gay and lesbian publication from the mid-nineties through to the mid-2000’s.

Twisted Harmony (The Journey of Mr Gay Sydney) is Kent’s first novel. He currently lives in Perth with his partner of 10 years and their fur child.

About Twisted Harmony

The Journey Of Mr Gay Sydney

Meet Shane, an impressionable young man growing up in suburban Sydney, destined to remain the three things he can not stand: a fashion disaster, a nobody, and a virgin.

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All this changes as he befriends a group of misfits at Uni, and they all embark on discovering the Sydney gay scene, with all it’s fabulous somebodies, great dance music and unique style. His best girlfriend gets engaged to a gay man and becomes a sex worker, and Shane finds himself shining in the spotlight of a life full of drag Queens, drama Queens and drugs. What more could he possible want? With so many four letter words to choose from, he chose the most difficult, love.

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Shane finds the love of his life with a beautifully handsome English lad. The two moved to London, his best girlfriend gave up sex work and moved over as well, though she wasn’t quite the friend he had in mind. It was here though that the reality of his true love hit him, repeatedly.

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So Shane leaves this abusive relationship and returns to Sydney, changes everything he didn’t like about himself, including his name, and ended up dancing behind a drag Queen who mimed like a blow-up doll. With one ex-boyfriend still stalking him, and the other using witchcraft and constantly wishing he was dead, Shane eventually comes to terms with himself and becomes the man who would win Mr Gay Sydney.

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Set in the 1980’s through to the naughties, Twisted Harmony (The Journey of Mr Gay Sydney) is a light hearted story of a young man discovering life, love, and sexual diversity.