Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Is Life's Most Beautiful Expression... Live Fearlessly"




"We Were Always There..."


"It wasn't until we saw this photo that we knew our love was a secret all could see..."



"The Truth About Love..."

 
Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.

- D.H. Lawrence




"Sometimes A Great Notion..."


Sears Roebuck & Co. is an American company with a storied history of support for equality... This year at Chicago's Gay Pride Parade, the company brought four couples from across the country to Chicago to be married as a part of their celebration of pride month.






*  Disclaimer: the author of this post is an employee of Sears Roebuck & Co.

"Love Is In The Air..."


Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin married his partner Sean Arian in San Pedro, California on Saturday, Bonin's website 11th District reports:

The festive nuptials, held in the neighborhood where Arian was raised, featured works of art and music from several bands from the Venice area, which Bonin represents. The couple insisted on a sustainable and tech savvy event, using a wedding app instead of paper invites, and solar power to fuel the sound system. The reception took on a carnival feel, with a giant Jenja set, interactive art, and bouncy houses for both children and adults.

Bonin and Arian met at City Hall in 2009, when Arian was Director of Economic Development for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. At the time, Bonin was chief of staff to Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and a same sex marriage activist with the Courage Campaign.

The wedding was officiated by Mayor Eric Garcetti.




"Selfie Love..."


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



"Adam and Andy..."


I love James Asal's "Adam and Andy" strip
Married life really is like this.




"The Artist's Corner..."


Magnus Enckell



Monday, July 21, 2014

"Thank You Mr. President..."


The White House
Washington, D.C

EXECUTIVE ORDER 

Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including 40 U.S.C. 121, and in order to provide for a uniform policy for the Federal Government to prohibit discrimination and take further steps to promote economy and efficiency in Federal Government procurement by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Amending Executive Order 11478.

The first sentence of section 1 of Executive Order 11478 of August 8, 1969, as amended, is revised by substituting "sexual orientation, gender identity" for "sexual orientation".

Section 2. Amending Executive Order 11246.

Executive Order 11246 of September 24, 1965, as amended, is hereby further amended as follows:
(a) The first sentence of numbered paragraph (1) of section 202 is revised by substituting "sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin" for "sex, or national origin".
(b) The second sentence of numbered paragraph (1) of section 202 is revised by substituting "sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin" for "sex or national origin".
(c) Numbered paragraph (2) of section 202 is revised by substituting "sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin" for "sex or national origin".
(d) Paragraph (d) of section 203 is revised by substituting "sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin" for "sex or national origin".

Section 3. Regulations.

Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Labor shall prepare regulations to implement the requirements of section 2 of this order.

Section 4. General Provisions.

(a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an agency or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (b) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Section 5. Effective Date.

This order shall become effective immediately, and section 2 of this order shall apply to contracts entered into on or after the effective date of the rules promulgated by the Department of Labor under section 3 of this order.

BARACK OBAMA
The White House
July 21, 2014



"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Holding Hands Is Holding Hearts... Live Fearlessly"




"This Made Me Smile..."





"We Were Always There..."


"College brought the freedom to discover ourselves and to discover love..."



"A Thought To Ponder..."


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1746"


"Summer Days Are For Love..."

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..."




Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them.  There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to.  Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."


Richard RenaldiRichard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"The Truth About Who We Are..."

Michael and Rob, photo by Kevin TruongMichael and Rob, Canyon City, California

by thegaymenproject
Photos by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
Rob and Michael, photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
Michael, in his own words:"Being gay is an attribute like many other attributes, it’s part of who we are, but it isn’t the whole of who we are. Although we, and many others, have faced and overcome challenges as a result of being gay, being attracted to men doesn’t define us unless we allow it. That said, being “gay” is so much more than being attracted to men. Because of the struggle that often comes with it, being gay is to be a master of the heart because you’ve spent so much time repairing your own, being gay means perseverance when everyone is telling you to give up, it means honesty in being true to yourself, it means empathy to those who may have shared your struggle, and it means pride in the value you bring, just as you are, to the community, to your profession, and to your family.
Understanding that I was gay (Michael) took much longer than most and as a result it caused a lot of turmoil in my life and the lives of those around me. Finding a loving, honest relationship, one that feeds my soul and makes me a better person is the single greatest success I’ve realized. I am a very lucky man.
By the time I came out (18 years ago) I had been a leader in the church, I was pre-med, I had been married and divorced, and had experienced such emotional struggles with who I was and who I was expected to be that I simply didn’t want to fight anymore; several times I reached the point that I simply thought that life shouldn’t have to be so hard to live. I had the sense to go get professional counseling, I surrounded myself with people who really did care about me and I got through it. I appreciate my life now so much more because of those hard times and my heart breaks for so many kids that don’t make it through. Coming out is different for everyone and it’s very personal. The key is to remember that life is worth living and you can make it because there are people that want to see you happy, even if they can’t express it the way you need to hear it.
Gays in Canyon Country? I thought we were the token gays here . I really have no idea. We have so many loving straight neighbors that we don’t want for much in Canyon Country. We have our close gay friends that live around the country that we see regularly but in Canyon Country it’s just us and the alpacas; we like it that way I think.
(Advice I'd give my younger self)
a. Calm down, don’t be in such a hurry; spend more time finding yourself and your passions.
b. Don’t be afraid to love – getting it right takes practice,
c. Don’t be afraid to trust-you will be taken advantage of so just get it out of the way now, there are lessons to be learned there,
d. Save more money- growing old with good taste is expensive."


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"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Views To Love..."





"Selfie Love..."


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



"We Were Always There..."


"We shyly held hands, but it was true love..."



"The Artist's Corner..."


"The Open Road"
Oil on board
David Thompson



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