Kergan Edwards-Stout

Kergan Edwards-Stout

Author, Songs for the New Depression

At a Glance:

Kergan Edwards-Stout has been a Project Contributor since January 2012, has written 40 entries and currently lives in Orange, CA.


Kergan Edwards-Stout is an award-winning director, author and screenwriter.

Kergan recently completed his first novel, Songs for the New Depression, which is a finalist for the 2011 Indie Lit Awards. Inspired by his years of working at AIDS Project Los Angeles, as well as the loss of a partner to the disease, Songs for the New Depression takes its readers on a compelling journey to personal awakening.

Shorter works, including essays and short stories, have appeared in such journals and magazines as Huffington Post, Bilerico Project, American Short Fiction and SexVibe, and his screenplays have placed highly in competition.

When Esther Saw the Light, a theatrical production Kergan directed, won awards at the Kennedy Center for both Best Play and Meritorious Direction. The Washington Post called it “Gaspingly funny”, while the Washington Times noted it was a “nose-thumbing comedy worth its weight in sacred cows.” While at UCLA, Kergan was honored to receive the Doris Packer Award for Graduating Senior.

At AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), Kergan headed an HIV education program, giving hundreds of educational speeches, and he was honored to be the keynote speaker for the Louisiana State Department of Health’s Annual Conference. This passion for social justice led him not only to APLA, but to the L.A. Free Clinic, where he created traveling theatrical productions educating teens about high risk behaviors.

In a volunteer capacity, Kergan has organized protests, benefits, and rallies, and the Peace & Justice Speakers Series he created at Church of the Foothills (ChOTF) featured experts from the Southern Poverty Law Center, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Children of Uganda, OC Transgender Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, OC Equality Coalition, OC Food Bank, and Schindler’s List/Holocaust survivor Laura Hillman. Also at ChOTF, Kergan was pleased to bring the controversial and important plays Corpus Christi and Confessions of a Mormon Boy to conservative Orange County.

Furthering his commitment to progressive causes, Kergan was proud to help launch Bright Green Kids, an “all green”, eco-friendly fundraising initiative for schools, where he served as Director of Marketing.

Currently, Kergan lives in Orange, California, with his partner Russ Noe, and their two sons, Mason (11) and Marcus (8).

Kergan was honored to be chosen as one of HRC‘s 2011 “Fathers of the Year.”

He is currently at work on his forthcoming memoir, Never Turn Your Back on the Tide.

Kergan Edwards-Stout: Recently Filed

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Moderate Republicans: The Shutdown

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | October 01, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

I've had many friends who would describe themselves as "politically moderate." They stood with the GOP for financial reasons, not "moral" issues - or so they claimed. Well, that politically moderate bus has left the Republican station. Read More


Cool or Controversial? New 'Coming Out' Video for Youth

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | March 05, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

What do you think of WellCast's new "Coming Out" video for youth? Is it cool or controversial?Read More

Michael Nava

Groundbreaking Gay Mystery Series Finally Comes to E-Book [Interview]

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | February 19, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Michael Nava, five-time Lambda Literary Award winner and Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, talks with author Kergan Edwards-Stout about his revolutionary gay mystery series and his forthcoming new book.Read More

The Front Runner

Legendary Author Patricia Nell Warren: Ever the Front Runner

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | January 14, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

"The Front Runner" author (and Bilerico contributor) Patricia Nell Warren sits down with fellow author (and Bilerico contributor) Kergan Edwards-Stout to discuss her body of work, as well as what she next has up her sleeve. Read More

Matt Gold

Out Indie Artist Matt Gold Learns He Must 'Drown' Before He Can 'Swim'

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | December 26, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Out indie artist Matt Gold explores themes of sexuality, abandonment, love and loss on his debut album "Drown Before You Swim"Read More