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River Gallo

Illustration by Austin Call (@Duhrivative)

Who are you?

River Gallo.

What do you do?

I'm a filmmaker, actor, model and intersex advocate.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Living my very first year as an out intersex person and completing my film Ponyboi !

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Having patience, staying hydrated, and keeping all the fuckboys at bay.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Developing my debut feature film and collaborating with Lana Del Rey ;)

Where can we follow you?


As chosen by Justin Moran, Claire Valentine, Michael Love Michael, Kat Gillespie, and Jael Goldfine
Illustrations by Austin Call (@Duhrivative)

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