Thanks to Zoom, Comedian and Male Gayz co-host Chris Parker has never connected as much with his friends, and like Dua Lipa, is enjoying getting ‘physical’!

Tell us about your Level 4 Lockdown – where are you? Who’s in your bubble? And what are you doing to keep your mental health in check?
I have a beautiful bubble of five. It’s just my flat. There has been a lot of baking, a lot of manic workouts in the garden and so, so much internet being used. But we are being very careful and kind around each other, it’s a long time to be stuck inside with your flat, so we’re practising giving each other space but also finding time to do things together for fun.

What are your top tips for express readers who are struggling with self-isolation?
I think it’s great that everyone is sharing all the things they’ve achieved with their isolation. It’s great to see 1000 loaves of sourdough bread in my Instagram timeline, but also if you want to take a few days off and just blob on the couch and watch terrible TV, that is so valid. The news can be scary and overwhelming and we need to find time to decompress.


What is the most positive aspect of self-isolation you’ve experienced so far?
Honestly I don’t think I’ve connected with my friends as much as I have when isolating. Obviously I miss their physical presence. But so many group Zooms are a beautiful thing. I also don’t think I’ve worked out more in my life. Getting physical is my way of dealing with the stress of the situation.

What plans do you have between now and day 28 of lockdown?
I’ve started felting these little animals which I bought before isolation kicked off. I’ve made give and am about to start my 6th. My goal is to put them on a large felt hat which I want to make out of some spare wool a friend gave me!

What are you missing most about ‘normal life’?
I do really miss going out to brunch with friends. I miss cafes and I miss friendships. Weekend brunch is like my form of church. I did do a digital brunch the other day, which was a close second.

What will be the first thing that you can’t wait to do when regular life resumes?
Hug my friends. I also would love to travel down to Christchurch and see my family. I also want to spend all the money I haven’t been earning over the past month on as many small local businesses as I can!

Moving forward is there anything you think you will change about your life following self-isolation?
I’ve grown to love waking up early and going for a morning walk. I would love for that to continue in my routine once this is all over.

Is there a closing message you would like to share with our gorgeous LGBTI+ community? Let’s keep doing what we always do – stay positive, keep shining and keep looking out for those who are having a harder time than ourselves. Reach out if you can.