Ryan J. Davis is the Global Head of Social Commerce at NJOY.

Formerly he was Vice President of Community at Vocativ, Director of Social Media at Blue State Digital and a co-founder and digital director of The Four 2012. Ryan is most proud of his time spent on the internet team during Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential Campaign.

Davis sits on the Board of Directors of The Ali Forney Center, where he was the founding producer of their annual Broadway Beauty Pageant fundraiser. Additionally, Ryan is on the Board of Directors of The Deconstructive Theatre Project, the Board of Advisors of the startup Public Stand and the Executive Board of LAMBDA Independent Democrats of Brooklyn.

Ryan has written about politics for The Huffington Post, The Hill and Next Magazine. He was once a guest editor of Queerty. For his progressive activism, Davis was awarded two Pollie Awards by The American Association of Political Consultants.

A former theatre creator and director, Ryan’s favorite projects include Veritas (Fringe 2010), Street Lights (NYMF 2009) and the eventually Whoopi Goldberg produced White Noise (NYMF 2006).

Ryan has lived in New York City since 2000 and is a proud resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Here Ryan blogs about politics, film, TV, history, religion, science, books, theater, digital media, LGBT issues, Bushwick & Williamsburg, New York City, and anything else he's interested in at the moment. Oh, and he'll probably talk a lot about himself.

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Posts tagged "Film"

Watched the pilot of The Knick last night and it’s incredible. Great performances, shot with style and smarts. Rich backdrop of 1900s New York and “modern” medicine. Gory, but compelling.

Cinemax has put the pilot up for free.

Fruitvale Station is exactly as good as you’ve heard. Powerful, timely, infuriating. Go see it.

Just started working at Vocativ on Monday as their Vice President of Community. Check out this sizzle reel on some of the stories we’ve been working on. We fully launch in the fall.


What is Vocativ?

We’re hard at work gearing up for our launch — here’s a taste. If you’re into it, share it.

Rewatched Public Speaking earlier this week and had forgotten how much I love Fran Lebowitz. The perfect New Yorker.

The Ali Forney Center, an organization that I’m proud to serve on the board of, has started releasing their second ‘Homeless for the Holidays’ series that tells the stories of LGBTQ youth living on the streets of New York City, through images and audio. It’s produced by Carl Siciliano, the center’s executive director, who wrote the below essay on the project. 

You can see all the videos as there released here

Homeless for the Holidays: Witnessing the lives of NYC’s Homeless LGBT Youth

by Carl Siciliano

This is among the most terrible expressions of homophobia in our time.

As LGBT youth come out at younger ages, thousands are driven from their homes by rejecting families, and forced to endure homelessness and destitution.

In New York City, the statistics are horrifying. LGBT youth make up 40% of the homeless youth population, comprising 1,600 of NYC’s 3,800 homeless youth. And NYC’s response is even more horrifying; only 250 youth shelter beds are provided by the city, forcing many youths to sleep in subways, park benches, abandoned buildings and rooftops.

But statistics don’t adequately express the horror of what these youths endure. They don’t express the suffering these kids go through;  the psychological torment of being rejected, feeling unloved, alone and terrified, or the physical torment of the cold, exposure to the elements, hunger and chronic sleep deprivation.

I want to wake our city up to this atrocity that goes on in our midst, of these thousands of kids left out alone on the streets without shelter beds. So I have been spending time with these youths, photographing them in the spaces where they try to make it through the nights, listening and recording them tell of what they suffer. Allowing them to show us and tell us what they go through.

The Ali Forney Center has joined a number of other LGBT advocates and providers in creating The Campaign for Youth Shelter, which calls on the City to commit to a plan to add 100 youth shelter beds per year until such time as there are no longer waiting lists at the youth shelters. Alas, our Mayor refuses to discuss this; instead he tries every year to cut the few shelter beds. In 2012 he proposed reducing the number of youth shelter beds by 60%, forcing the New York City Council to fight to restore the few beds available.

In response we have organized rallies, initiated letter-writing and email campaigns, gotten the LGBT political clubs to sign on to statements in support of our plan. So far to no avail.

For now, with this project, all I am asking is for as many people as possible to open ourselves to these kids’ lives, and listen to them. Please try to empathize with what it is like to be young, abandoned, and alone on the streets of our city. What they have to say is painful and disturbing to hear. But they need us to listen. The only call to action I am asking for in response is to share their stories as much as you possibly can.

We need to ask ourselves why, in this great city where so much wealth and power and talent is concentrated, why must so many of our abandoned youths be forced to endure homelessness without adequate shelter beds? Only when enough of us are ashamed and outraged to have our youths be so terribly mistreated and neglected will there be the political will to provide the resources to shelter them.

So please share their stories, and try to find a place for these kids in your thoughts and in your hearts.


  • a film about America’s greatest president
  • portrayed by one of America’s greatest actors*
  • directed one of its greatest living filmmakers
  • written by one of America’s greatest playwrights
  • based on a remarkable book by one of America’s greatest living historians

I’m looking forward.

* He’s Irish but I’ve decided to claim him.

Saw ‘The Skin I Live In’ last night for the first time. Pedro Almodóvar is such a master, it’s beautiful, intense, bizarre and wonderful.

Sight is a short film that imagines the gamification of life in a near future of augmented vision contact lenses. Some really clever stuff here, hope Sergey Brin has seen this. 

Tom Scott’s 'Welcome to life' is another cynical short on future tech. 

One of my favorite scenes from HBO’s great John Adams miniseries, based on David McCullough’s excellent Adams biography. These guys were revolutionaries. I like remembering that today. 

Happy 4th! 


Was lucky enough to catch a showing of Beasts of the Southern Wild this weekend and was blown away. It’s a gorgeous film to look at, existing in another world, while mildly grounded in ours. It’s not worth describing the plot, but in a lot of ways, it’s the anti-Moonrise Kingdom. Both films are strikingly beautiful fables, but one is incredibly ambitious, while one inspires some whimsy, but ultimately fades from your mind.  Beasts… sticks around

Oh, and the young star, Quvenzhané Wallis, is fantastic.

A remarkably beautiful story of a lesbian couple, one who serves in the military, told via a familiar social network. Kudos to Freedom To Marry and all involved in producing this, it’s powerful and deserves an audience. 

To learn what you can do to help repeal DOMA, click here.


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Davis Guggenheim is releasing an Obama documentary short through the campaign on March 15th. From the looks of the trailer it’s gonna be exciting. Click the image above to watch. 

Even villains get old. 

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Last weekend I attended Deconstuctive Theatre Project’s The Orpheus Variations presentation at IRT. It’s a very cool project, combining live film and theatre with the Orpheus myth. Look forward to watching this develop.

For more information on DTP, visit their website.    

Full disclosure: I’m on DTP’s Board of Directors. 

Photos by Mitch Dean & Adam J. Thompson