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.