AJ Wasson was born in New Jersey and moved to Fort Lauderdale when he was 10 years old.

Although he knew very young that he was attracted to males, he didn’t come to grips with it until he was a teen.

He came out to his parents when he was 17 or 18.

“They were very accepting,” he said. “Mom was a nurse and she had a lot of gay friends. So there was no problem,”

Wasson has been together with Randy Christensen for five years.

Wasson is the owner of HG Roosters, the oldest gay bar in Palm Beach County, and he’s the Florida Region Manager for Live Nation. “It keeps me busy,” he said.

Wasson uses Roosters as a focal point for fund raising, and supports Compass, CAP, The Ride and many other organizations and programs.

“We’ve expanded our reach to include programs that aren’t specifically gay,” he said. “We raised $27,000 and were the number one fundraiser for the annual Breast Cancer Walk. 

To people who are still in the closet, AJ offers this advice. “Look in a mirror and love yourself. Then you can come out and love someone else” 

– DC