Tuesday, December 11, 2018

"The Views To Love..."






















Love and Joy are Real...



"Selfie Love..."


"Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love..."



"We Were Always There..."





"Same Gender Loving People - No. 3251"


"Two Hearts In The Heartland..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"This Made Me Smile..."




"The Things That Love Says..."


"Will you marry me...?

Proposing in Venice



"The Artist's Corner..."


"The Dreams Of Men Still Young"
Acrylic on canvas
Steve Walker



Monday, December 10, 2018

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Let Love Live In Your World...  Live Fearlessly"




"The Truth About Love..."


"The most terrible loneliness is loving someone completely, deeply, without reserve, but knowing you're not loved that way in return. Thankfully, I found someone that loves me just as much equally." 




"This Made Me Smile..."


You really can get almost any book on Amazon...

All joking aside, we really do need to enact some serious gun control laws in our country



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 3250"


"Love Is Comfortable..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"We Were Always There..."




"Selfie Love..."


"Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love..."



"The GIFt Of Love..."



Love, never leave home without it...



"The Artist's Corner..."


"Letting the Light In"
Oil on canvas
Paul Richmond



Sunday, December 9, 2018

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love And Freedom...  Live Fearlessly"




"The Truth About Love..."


Love is what you've been through with somebody.

- James Thurber



"Selfie Love..."


"Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love...



"We Were Always There..."




"Same Gender Loving People - No. 3249"


"Kisses Warm Hearts..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"The Truth About Who We Are..."


Vincent, Graphic Designer, Portland, Oregon
by thegaymenproject
photos by Kevin Truong


Vincent, in his own words: "Lately, I identify as queer.

I choose that term because it feels more inclusive and allows me to connect with many other folks in the community going through vastly different experiences, but also because I believe it’s versatility is powerful. Queerness gives me the reigns of my own identity — rather than being defined for me by politics or other peoples perceptions. It’s something that always rests in my own hands, and can be molded to serve a better me at any time. Like a lot of folks in my generation (maybe), I feel a freedom in my queerdom, not unlike a talisman or amulet of sorts.


This image of power and even magic contained with queer identity is something I’ve carried with me since coming out as a teenager. Early on I was very taken with the Native American (My grandfather was born in the Navajo reservation) term Two-Spirit. I liked it immediately because it seemed to suit me. It allowed for how I could dream of myself as a mother, express myself with a softness and emotional intelligence, and also be comfortable in my body. I generally refrain from using words like masculine or feminine, because I don’t think they exist, and question their role in how we define ourselves. But in those limited terms, I have always connected with both, and feel incredibly blessed to be queer so that I can dance between them without any self-doubt.


Of course, the years I’ve spent “out”, could be measured in degrees of how comfortable I am in that very thing. It can be challenging to know if one’s limits are self-defined or made by society. Am I disinclined to wear a dress because it isn’t in me? Or is it out of fear? In those instances lately, I’ve been choosing to do it anyway and evaluate afterward. Charge into the fear, as my roommate puts it.


Queer as I am now, I first came out as gay, though not quite in the traditional (if coming out can be seen as traditional?) sense.


I was lucky enough for my parents to find some incriminating evidence (**cough** porn) on my laptop when I was about twelve, and so I was thankfully spared having to come out to my entire Christian family and church for that matter. Looking back, I can safely say it didn't go well. Having to answer questions of faith and heaven and hell (neither of which I believe in) early on, was far from fun and nothing I would have chosen for myself. The upside was that going through it all relatively young, allowed me at seventeen to casually say to friends “oh yeah, this is my boyfriend so-and-so." I trusted that they could fill in the blanks for themselves. I had no interest in self-identifying myself for anyone and still don’t to this day. But I make a point of being open about my life — which includes my relationships and even sexual experiences — at all times.


This is relatively easy I’d say in Portland, so I am extremely grateful for that, knowing that in most of the world this is not the case. Though it’s true, Portland very much still lacks in diversity in terms of color, I can’t really say I’ve lacked for a moment queer connection of all sorts. I moved here just two years ago (new years day 2015) and it’s the first time in my life that I struggle to think of one friend in my personal life that isn’t queer in some way. Which is surprising to me, given that I spent the last decade in San Francisco. I’m not sure why it is but Portland to me has held a welcome sign for me that no other city’s queer community has.


If I were to speak to my younger self, I would tell myself not to give too many fucks about what anyone else thinks, to follow my own path, make mistakes without fear and above all not to get too debilitated by comparing myself with other people’s successes."




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