Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"A New Musical Truth..."


All the world loves a love song, and if the truth be told,
every song is a love song...

As a gay man, I've always been able to identify with heteronormitive songs and ignore the gender pronouns that don't really represent the truth of my heart.  But now, there is an entire genre of music that speaks directly to the reality of our hearts.
It's our new musical truth, and I love it



"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Truth About Love..."


When you get in love you are made all over again. The person who loves you has picked you out of the great mass of uncreated clay which is humanity to make something out of, and the poor lumpish clay which is you wants to find out what it has been made into. But at the same time, you, in the act of loving somebody, become real, cease to be a part of the continuum of the uncreated clay and get the breath of life in you and rise up. So you create yourself by creating another person, who, however, has also created you, picked up the you-chunk of clay out of the mass. So there are two you's, the one you create by loving and the one the beloved creates by loving you. The farther those two you's are apart the more the world grinds and grudges on its axis. But if you loved and were loved perfectly then there wouldn't be any difference between the two you's or any distance between them. They would coincide perfectly, there would be perfect focus, as when a stereoscope gets the twin images on the card into perfect alignment.

- Robert Penn Warren



"We Were Always There..."


"They called us 'toughes' back then, but we had a tender side for each other..."



"This Is A Love Story..."


Watch: George Takei Talks Falling In Love With Partner Brad Altman

Katie Dupere
18th August 2014



Activist and actor George Takei opened up to Oprah about how his love story with husband Brad Altman all started.

Though publicly in the closet until 2005, Takei was privately active in LGBT organisations as early as the 1980s.

It was at one of those organisations, a gay runners club called LA Frontrunners, where Takei met Altman.
In the Oprah: Where Are They Now? clip, Takei says: “He was the best runner in the club. And also great-looking.

“So I went up to him and I asked him to train me for my first marathon.”

The two became partners shortly thereafter, but kept their relationship a secret for 18 years until Takei’s public coming out.

Three years later, in 2008, the couple married.






"Fear Eats the Soul"



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1771"


"Love Is Being Home Together..."

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 Artist's Corner..."





Monday, August 18, 2014

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"This Is The Bravery Of Love... Live Fearlessly"




"The Truth About Who We Are..."

Photos by Kevin Trong
















Terry, Comic Book Artist, Portland, Oregon

by thegaymenproject





























Terry, in his own words: "I like to think that to me, being gay means simply that I am attracted to the same gender. Where I grew up if you didn't play sports, you were gay or got called gay, so I though that liking art and music and anything that wasn't football was closely associated with being gay. To some degree, maybe it is, but having seen a good portion of the world and meeting more gay people who have varied interests and desires helps me see that what makes us similar is merely who we are attracted to.

The challenges I've had I think have been personal, meaning, I had to learn to accept myself so I could find the strength to tell those who didn't accept me that their opinion of who I am doesn't matter. It's not easy to focus and be productive in any kind of work if you are constantly worried what others think of who you are. The successes I've had? I suppose finishing art school, running a web comic I'm proud of and joining a terrific studio full of great artists here in Portland, Periscope Studio.

I'm not sure how I would identify the gay community in Portland. I tend to gravitate towards making friends and fostering great relationships more through game nights and movie nights and books clubs than going out to bars. I haven't ever wanted to categorize or assume what the gay community would be like through my experiences at a bar or a club. I don't feel that's accurate. Peacock in the Park was fantastic as I felt a sense of community from Portland gays that day.

I came out to most of my friends once I came home from my two year stint as a Mormon missionary, but that was a bit easier considering I moved far away from my family. Several years ago I came out to my sister who was great but a year after that I came out to my parents through a letter. I felt it was the best way I knew for me to get out everything I wanted to say without being interrupted and leave the ball in their court. It didn't go too well at first, but things are getting better.

I would tell my younger self to save more money and finish college quicker."


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"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Views To Love..."



Love looks like this...




"Fear Eats the Soul"



"This Made Me Smile..."


From the Land of Ikea!




"Fear Eats the Soul"



"We Were Always There..."


"Our love was an open secret and everyone let us be happy together..."



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1770"


"Love Makes Your Life Complete..."

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 Coming Out..."

Americans Who Know A Gay Person Twice As Likely To Support Same-Sex Marriage, Poll Finds


The number of Americans who say they know someone who's gay has skyrocketed to over 70% over the last 15 years, and those who do are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage

August 16, 2014


The attitudes of Americans towards gay men and lesbians are changing at a rapid pace with a solid majority supporting same-sex marriage, a majority say they wouldn't be upset if their child were gay, and an ‘overwhelming majority’ say that the orientation of a Congressional candidate wouldn't matter, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

It found that the sea change in attitudes is being propelled by two major forces. One, people aged 18-29 overwhelmingly favor same-sex marriage. Two, the ranks of Americans who say they know someone who’s gay has skyrocketed over the last decade and a half. And those who know someone who’s gay are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage.

Of the over 1,035 adults interviewed via telephone for the poll, those 18-29 were overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage, the number who actually know a gay person has surpassed 70%, and those who know someone gay are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage.

'It is a sea change in attitude,' said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the survey. 'You'd be hard-pressed to find an issue that has had a bigger shift in public opinion.'


The poll found that those who know someone who's gay support same-sex marriage by 61-31 percent. Those who say they don't know anyone who's gay oppose same-sex marriage by 57-36 percent.

It also found that Republicans oppose same-sex marriage by better than 2-1 while tea party supporters oppose it by nearly 3-1.


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This is why it's so important to be out of the closet... You can't blindly hate the people you know.  And more importantly, when you get to know us, you realize that we're only human... just like everybody else.


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Artist's Corner..."


"The Long Walk Home"
Acrylic on canvas
Steve Walker


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