I was hoping to have more information before I made this post, so apologies for that. The news is starting to seep onto the platform though, as people share tributes as a way to process their own grief, so I think it’s time.
@siriussly-serious (he/they), mostly known here as Jay but also as Blu, Royale (in drag) and Jaxon, has passed away. Little is known at this point, other than that he was missing since Monday (10th May), reported as missing to the police on Wednesday (12th May) and found yesterday (15th May). This isn’t the right place for speculation, so I will have more to say when I have more information.
Although he hasn’t been active on the platform for a long time, Jay was a much loved member of the HP RP community. He was particularly an inspiration for LGBTQ+ creators and POC, going out of his way to encourage and promote anyone who felt they weren’t good enough or didn’t belong. He had so much love, which he handed out freely and sincerely to anyone and everyone who needed it. He created Found, a ridiculously ambitious project which I was privileged enough to be a part of, and which he was unfortunately unable to see through the way he desperately wanted to.
Jay would want me to tell you he was 6ft7, everyone was welcome to the gun show and the cheaper and higher percentage your rose wine is, the better. He wouldn’t want me to gush about what an amazing singer, performer, drag artist, RPer, artist, writer, Muddy, creative and friend he was, but tough shit mate, come and stop me. He loved cheap rose, gin, rum, milkshakes, white chocolate, Beyonce, drag kings, queers being queer, people living their best life, Hamilton, cuddles, sandalwood incense and salt lamps (but not when he wasn’t allowed to lick them). So if you want to celebrate him in your own way, there’s some ideas for you. Just stay away from whisky and any other kind of chocolate. No thank you, ma’am.
I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time in person with Jay over the last 3 years, but to those who never met him, your grief is just as valid. Your friendship was real, your love and loss is real. He loved you, he was proud of you every day you went out into a world that tries to tell you you’re broken or not enough. You are enough, and Dad is watching over you.
Jay had a large online presence, particularly in the drag king community, so I’m sure there will be some online tributes and possibly events. I will reblog this post adding information as I get it, including any tributes and donation information for those who can and would like to.
Rest in Power, Jay. It won’t be the same without you.
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted. I’m sure most of you have seen @sirussly‘s post by now, but I really want to say a few words myself.
First, I want to thank everyone who has followed, supported, encouraged and shared this experience with me. When I started the HPRP community, I just wanted to goof around in my room playing dress-up. I honestly never in a million years thought it would grow to become something that I care so much about.
The past four years have been some of the most incredible and fulfilling years of my life. I’ve made life-long friends, I’ve produced content that helped me express my love for art and creativity and grow as a person, and I’ve had the chance to share it with people who care for me personally and support me every step of the way.
I don’t know how to thank you all for helping me become who I am now and providing me with a chance to do what I love for a living. I’m endlessly in shock over how lucky I am to be able to do this, and I’m so, so grateful.
These last couple of years I’ve fallen in love, made wonderful, honest friends, sought out help for my mental health, produced four original series, turned 30 (wtf???), trudged through the hell-scape that is 2020, and so much more. It’s been eventful, to say the least, and I’ve grown a lot as a person. I think that’s why it’s time to say that I’m moving on, at least for now.
This blog will always be one of the best choices I’ve ever made, and it will be here for those who want to enjoy and revisit the stories my dear friends and I have created. I’m sure Jess and I will pop in every now and then to say hi, but I think it’s important to clarify why I won’t be around much anymore.
I know I can always come back, but making a post like this on a blog that has been such a central part of my life for so long definitely makes me a lot-a-bit emotional, so I hope you don’t mind if I come off a wee-bit dramatic (guess it fits with the brand, huh?). ;)
I just want to say thank you for all you guys have done for me. I’ve loved this experience through the highs and lows, and I hope to see you guys around as I continue this journey elsewhere.
Feel free to follow me if you’d like, I’ll still be around (@ttbret on IG, TikTok, YouTube, and Patreon).