Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"In Your Own Backyard Or The Town Square... Live Fearlessly"




"The Views To Love..."


Phillip and Markeise are in love...



"It's True, Lovers Do Start To Look Alike..."

Amongst gay couples, it's often referred to as "A Boyfriend Twin"

"While you may be familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” in reality, what the heart wants is someone who resembles its owner and that resemblance increases the longer two lovebirds stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And, the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity."


Read more about this interesting phenomenon here...


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1945"


"Love Is Serious Fun..."

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..."



I Love It!






"The Imitation Of Life..."


Television Drama "The Fosters" Continues To Break New Ground.


James Michael Nichols
3/3/2015


The ABC Family series broadcast a kiss between two 13-year-old characters named Jude and Connor, which may qualify as the youngest same-sex kiss to ever air on U.S. television. The show, which follows the story of a lesbian couple's lives with their children, previously received an award for Outstanding Drama Series at the 2014 GLAAD Awards.

Executive Producer and show creator Peter Paige took to Twitter to confirm the historical significance of the kiss.

According to The Backlot, the storyline between these two characters previously revolved around their budding friendship. However, fans quickly utilized the hashtag #Jonnor to vocalize their support for the pair becoming a couple.



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Our lives (even our young lives) being portrayed with honesty and sensitivity in mainstream media is the most powerful force for moving equality and freedom forward.


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"True Love Stories..."



Tyler and I (Anthony) met by very humble normal means, we saw each other in a local coffee shop and started talking. We found out we had very similar tastes beyond mere physical attraction. He was an intensive video gamer and persevering worker, whereas I was the nerdy scholar and hopeless romantic. It soon became apparent that he was the yin to my yang, and the courtship began. As you can assume by our life principles we are more reclusive than most, which in turn allowed us to quickly get to know each other. I picked up his online game habit, and we continue to play games together ‘til today. 

The first year together, I was still not out to my parents, and with his continued presence I decided to come out to them. It was a hurtful and tear-filled time, but in the end, our families love each other wholeheartedly. My mom calls him “son,” and we’ve just come back from Hawaii last summer with his parents. We’ve always enjoyed travelling, from either taking a road trip to Houston or flying to Boston. Like I said, he was my complement and I find that he completely grounds me. 

I admit that I am a compulsive buyer and he is an unyielding miser. I remember one Valentine’s Day, I decided to surprise him with a decorated hotel get away. He found out early, and I immediately got an earful about wasting money, completely dwarfing the thoughtfulness and sentiment. He’s also the clean and organized one, where I’m the ordered chaos hoarder. I know every time he sees an amazon prime box, I swear his eye twitches spastically.

It took about 4 months and we were moved in together. I was working as an analytical chemist, and he was a bakery manager. We slept on the most uncomfortable futon for the first couple months of our time there, there was no TV, and he was still in school. The apartment was a modest 700 square foot, but it was ours. 

Today we live comfortably, go out often, and are preparing to move to a new town into a larger townhouse. He graduated in Geology, and I was promoted at my new job, getting an even better opportunity working in research and development in Lake Charles. In a few weeks we plan to move, and begin a new start to our life. 

These last 4 years have been a flurry of events and unexpected occurrences. We’ve had meek beginnings, but in turn has been the best 4 years of my life. The next steps are settling in our new home, hopefully tying the knot, and looking to pass along our experiences and knowledge with children. We jokingly plan out their futures already: prodigies in music and a careers in the Sciences. I never thought that this would be my life, and if I could go back in time I’d do it all the same spending the rest of my life with my best friend, my better half, and my future husband.


* True Love Stories: These are real stories of men in love, told in their own voice. These are our stories, these are true love stories.



"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Artist's Corner..."




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Yourself And Be A Family... Live Fearlessly"




"True Love Stories..."



Walter and I met eight and a half years ago in NYC while Walter was visiting from Miami. 

We had a date after connecting through an online site and spent the last 3 days of his vacation together. I invited him to return the following month for a two week stay. While he was visiting we fell in love and decided to give our long distance relationship a try. Two years later Walter moved up to NYC to be with me, leaving behind his job, family and friends. 

After establishing both our careers and our relationship we feel it is the right time to seal our union. I would love to marry him in his hometown of Miami so that his family and friends can take part in the celebration of our love.


* True Love Stories: These are real stories of men in love, told in their own voice. These are our stories, these are true love stories.



"Fear Eats the Soul"


"The Truth About Black Men In America..."


Beyonce, backed by an all-black male choir, sings “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” as a  tribute to African-American men. During the tribute, black men talked  about their lives. The video presented here was made during a rehearsal for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards show, which aired on CBS February 8th.




"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Truth About Who We Are..."


photo by Kevin TruongJoffrey and Panya, with their sons Reaksa and Khemara, Kep, Cambodia

by thegaymenproject
photos by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photos by Kevin Truong
Joffrey, in his own words: "(Being gay means) being a Dad – being a Husband after all.
Having my family which is my husband and our 2 kids. It is my best achievement. I am so proud of who we are. Being a Dad, is a real job and I am loving it. We both take it seriously as we do not wish to fail. It is quite hard to describe the happiness of having a family through all those mixed emotions.
I remember having a job interview and being asked: “what is your best achievement in life?” and I answered naturally: “My family, my kids”…oh well I did not get the job by the way!
Today, we both work hard for them, to make sure that their present & future time is secure. But to be able to work hard – I do source myself into their energies. I get my strength to work hard & be a good employee through their joy & happiness. It is all connected in a way.
(With regards to coming out) I left my home country (France) when I was 19. So it was for me easy to be myself in the UK. Therefore – when I had my first long term relationship I emailed my mum and my older sister (The younger one knew it already) Not a nice way to tell them (not very brave of me to do so). I expected them to be upset. I guess I just did not know them very well – weird to say but realistic. I was wrong. It has never been for anyone living around me/us an issue.
(The community in Kep, Cambodia is) Very gay friendly.
(Advice I'd give my younger self) Be happy when other people are happy. Be yourself. Show to others your happiness of being who you are."


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"Fear Eats the Soul"


"It's True, Lovers Do Start To Look Alike..."

Amongst gay couples, it's often referred to as "A Boyfriend Twin"

"While you may be familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” in reality, what the heart wants is someone who resembles its owner and that resemblance increases the longer two lovebirds stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And, the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity."


Read more about this interesting phenomenon here...


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"And The Truth Shall Set You Free..."

“I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago. I never knew that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay!"



"Fear Eats the Soul"



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1944"


"Home Is Where The Heart Is..."

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..."


"Male Nude Study"
Oil on canvas
Wade Reynolds



Monday, March 2, 2015

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Is Freedom... Live Fearlessly"




"It's True, Lovers Do Start To Look Alike..."

Amongst gay couples, it's often referred to as "A Boyfriend Twin"

"While you may be familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” in reality, what the heart wants is someone who resembles its owner and that resemblance increases the longer two lovebirds stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And, the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity."


Read more about this interesting phenomenon here...


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1943"


"Love's Truth Is Undeniable..."

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.



"Thank You For The Truth And Your Service..."

"This week, the Justice Department will file a brief setting forth our position that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the fundamental constitutional guarantee of "equal protection of the laws." It is clear that the time has come to recognize that gay and lesbian people deserve robust protection from discrimination.
Nothing justifies excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage. Denying them the right to marry serves only to demean them and their children, to degrade the dignity of their families and to deny them the full, free and equal participation in American life to which every citizen is entitled.
Marriage bans inflict concrete harms that touch nearly every aspect of daily life for gay and lesbian couples. The bans intersect with issues as varied as workers' compensation, taxation and inheritance, posing challenges to basic financial security. Same-sex couples living in states with bans too often face obstacles to adopting and raising children together. And restrictions on medical decision-making and hospital visitation impose devastating burdens during the moments when a partner is needed most.
The mental and emotional injuries are just as acute. A marriage ban written into state law broadcasts the state's view that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, undeserving of the rights and protections offered to opposite-sex couples. It creates a stigma that pervades society, encouraging individuals to harass or belittle even their loved ones because of pressures brought by their community. And it harms relationships between family members by perpetuating a destructive notion that some individuals — and some children — should be shown less love and support simply because of who they are. That is a view the Department of Justice flatly rejects. And with our brief, we will make clear that the United States stands firmly on the side of equality."

- Remarks of  Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr
 Retiring United States Attorney General 



"We Were Always There..."




"Fear Eats the Soul"



"True Love Stories..."



We met online of course, because that's everyone's story! Next thing you know I was in love with him. He entered the room and my heart fluttered. He's everything to me!

* True Love Stories: These are real stories of men in love, told in their own voice. These are our stories, these are true love stories.



"Fear Eats the Soul"



"This Made Me Smile..."


Why are we Americans such prudes...?





"The Artist's Corner..."


Tenderloin Love
Watercolor, acrylic, paintmarker and pen on paper
Akira Beard


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