March 2022 Leader: Riley Westling


I think we have the best "how we became friends story."

We met at CU Boulder through a friend. I definitely knew we'd get along. We both laughed at everything, were silly and just got each other. But you know how it is... friends that get weird because their friends become friends? Anyways, freshman year we recognized each other in this random Anthropology class and naturally we stuck together. I think it was one of the first few days, we were watching this black and white documentary on coffee... I think? That's what's funny is I kind of remember but I mostly remember the film being in black and white. Then, we hear this fart. You guys, it wasn't just a little "tttfftt" it was like a "PPPPPPPHHHHHFFFFFFFTTTT." We both looked at each other and just died laughing. We had to keep quiet because obviously we were in class, yet at the same time horrified because NO ONE ELSE LAUGHED?!!!! How dare they. Regardless, we were the loners that had each other and that's really all that mattered. Moral of the story—anyone who appreciates fart jokes is a person to trust.


The illustrious, magnificent, show-stopping Riley.

Riley is a screenwriter, actor and comedian. After college, he got his start at UCB and took classes for a few years. During that time he performed skits, sketch and a bit of stand up. He also loved writing. He'd explore his talents by writing screenplays and passing them along through various people in his well-known Los Angeles community. What I love about Riley was that he he's friends with people that are most certainly in the spotlight—I'm sure at some point there as a desire to be in it, alike everyone who's involved—but he's remained true to himself. He's the same precious, adorable, genuine, kind, deep-thinker Riley that cares immensely.

After years of hard underground work, he landed a job at 20th Century Fox as a Writer and will now be in an upcoming docu-series/comedy/theater telling of queer history called, The Book of Queer on Discovery Plus. I'm so honored to be a part of Riley's life. He's already changed my life. And now, he gets to changes even MORE lives.


Books mentioned in episode
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

  • Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh

  • I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobsen

  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barrey and Ridley Pearson

  • The Harry Potter series

  • Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield

Connect with Riley

Instagram: @rileywestling

Trailer for Book of Queer