As a gay little person, Joey Navedo, 30, lives one of the rarest of lives. Despite the incredibly low number of people who share his specific experience, though, he has plenty in common with the average-sized gay men he parties with frequently as a nightlife entertainer. This installment of Rare Lives features a very frank conversation about hooking up, fetishization, and the prejudice Navedo faces (and has roll off his back).

Rare Lives is Gawker’s new interview series, which focuses on conversations with people who are largely underrepresented in media: those with special needs, minority sexuality and gender identity, unique jobs, etc. As in life, my goal here is to have interesting conversations.

For more on this topic, read our profile of Navedo and another gay little person, David Funes:

And previously, on Rare Lives:

If you or someone you know wants to tell their story on Rare Lives and lives in or around New York, please email me directly: