Friday, January 31, 2014

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"

"Love Means Being Together In The World... Live Fearlessly"

"This Is Love..."

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"A Thought To Ponder..."

"The reason that ego and love are not compatible comes down to this: you cannot take your ego into the unknown, where love wants to lead. If you follow love, your life will become uncertain, and the ego craves certainty."

- Deepak Chopra

"The Poet's Corner..."

"Nude with Flowers" - Nebojsa Zdravkovic
William Tappan

Yes, life is but a waste,
A cheerless pathway, where
No healthy fruit allures the taste,
No flowerets balm the air,
If Love, the wild rose, ne'er luxuriates there.

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"These Made Me Smile..."

"Now we know..."

"We Were Always There..."

"The camera captured the love in our eyes..."

"The Truth About Love..."

"Love will not serve those who do not live for her, and in her, and to whom she is not the breath of life."

- Jennette Lee

"This Is A Love Story..."

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1594"

"Only Love Brings True Joy To Life..."

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..."

Oil on canvas
Nebojsa Zdravkovic

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"

"Love's Place Is Everywhere... Live Fearlessly"

"The Poet's Corner..."

Through Love's Great Power
By Vikram Seth*

Through love's great power to be made whole
In mind and body, heart and soul -
Through freedom to find joy, or be
By dint of joy itself set free
In love and in companionhood:
This is the true and natural good.

To undo justice, and to seek
To quash the rights that guard the weak -
To sneer at love, and wrench apart
The bonds of body, mind and heart
With specious reason and no rhyme:
This is the true unnatural crime.

* The W.H. Smith Literary Award winning author Vikram Seth has published this poem in reaction to the Indian Supreme Court’s re-criminalization of homosexuality in his homeland.

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"These Made Me Smile..."

"This is why people don't read newspapers anymore..."

"A Thought To Ponder..."

"Do they still call it infatuation? That magic ax that chops away the world in one blow, leaving only the couple standing there trembling? Whatever they call it, it leaps over anything, takes the biggest chair, the largest slice, rules the ground wherever it walks, from a mansion to a swamp, and its selfishness is its beauty.... People with no imagination feed it with sex -- the clown of love. They don't know the real kinds, the better kinds, where losses are cut and everybody benefits. It takes a certain intelligence to love like that -- softly, without props."

- Toni Morrison

"The Truth Is Ironic..."

Isn't It Ironic...? 

The world's largest "democracy" has declared that Dolphins and other Cetaceans (dolphins, whales, porpoises) are "non-human persons" and that as such, they are entitled to rights and protections that the same nation refuses to extend to their human citizens who happen to be GLBT.

Indian Supreme Court Refuses To 
Review Ban On Gay Sex
Judges reject petition from government and campaigners calling on court to reconsider decision to reinstate colonial-era law

India's supreme court has refused to review the ban on gay sex it imposed last month, rejecting arguments from civil rights campaigners and the Indian government that the move was unconstitutional.

The court's decision in December to reinstate a ban on same-sex relationships overturned four years ago by a lower court provoked anger and shock in India and overseas.

The UN high commissioner on human rights, Navi Pillay, said the decision represented a "significant step backwards for India" and violated international law.

Read the rest of the story here: The Guardian

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"We Were Always There..."

"Us in our first home together..."

"The Truth Is Still Sometimes Shocking..."


I'm still shaking my head over this... There's got to be a lot more to this story than meets the eyes.  But my first thought about this is that this guy is a self-loathing closeted homosexual who targeted gay men in a vain attempt to exercise his own religion inspired demons.  The more I see and hear about religion, the less I believe it can in any way be a force for good.

This story also illustrates why "the closet" is such a dangerous place to live... It makes things like hooking up with anonymous people this way seem like the only way for someone in the closet to express one's hidden sexuality.  This story could have been much worse, we've seen and heard all the nightmare outcomes of this type of thing...  Thankfully, this story ended without anyone being killed or worse.

The truth is always stranger than fiction.

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"The Truth About Love..."

"As love is the most noble and divine passion of the soul, so is it that to which we may justly attribute all the real satisfactions of life, and without it, man is unfinished, and unhappy."

- Aphra Behn

"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1593"

"Love Is Fearless And Bold..."

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..."

"Nude Male"
Oil on canvas
Raphael Perez

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"The GIFt Of Love..."

"Kisses are happiness when you're in love..."

"A Blast From The Past..."

Delta Airlines, which since the merger with Northwest is now Detroit's hub carrier, has posted a new safety video for it's Boeing 737-800 flights that features numerous cultural icons of the 1980s.

My favorites:
An Atari 2600 Game Console;
A young dude sporting a serious High-Top Fade while drinking a Tab (not Diet Coke);
A guy rewinding his unspooled cassette tape by hand; and
My favorite 1980s television character, ALF getting a little help with his oxygen mask.

"We Were Always There..."

"We were happy together and love made us unafraid..."

"A Thought To Ponder..."

When we are in love, our love is too big a thing for us to be able together to contain it within ourselves. It radiates towards the loved one, finds there a surface which arrests it, forcing it to return to its starting-point, and it is this repercussion of our own feeling which we call the other's feelings and which charms us more then than on its outward journey because we do not recognise it as having originated in ourselves.

- Marcel Proust

"This Made Me Smie..."

"The Truth About Love..."

"Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big."

- Umberto Eco

"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1592"

"Love And Happiness..."

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..."

Diego Vera

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"

"It's Never Too Late For Love... Live Fearlessly"

"The Things That Love Says..."

"You smiled and talked to me of nothing and I felt that for this I had been waiting long."

- Rabindranath Tagore

"Think Twice..."

I don't know about you, but I'll be thinking twice before I say, "I'll have a Coke with that..."

Coca-Cola, Official Sponsors of Anti-Gay Hate at the Winter Olympics

"The Imitation Of Life..."

"Borstal Boy" - In 1941, 16-year-old IRA volunteer Brendan Behan (Shawn Hatosy) is going on a bombing mission from Ireland to Liverpool during the Second World War. His mission is thwarted when he is apprehended, charged and imprisoned in Borstal, a reform institution for young offenders in East Anglia, England. At Borstal, Brendan is forced to live face-to-face with those he perceived as "the enemy," a confrontation that reveals a deep inner conflict in the young Brendan and forces a self-examination that is both traumatic and revealing. Events take an unexpected turn and Brendan is thrown into a complete spin. In the emotional vortex, he finally faces up to the truth.

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"Blinded By Hate...?"

Sochi Mayor, Anatoly Pakhomov says there are no gay in his city...
If There Are No Gays In Sochi, Then Who Goes To The Gay Cabaret Club?

By Adam Taylor
January 27, 2014

This weekend, Anatoly Pakhomov, the Mayor of Olympic Host City Sochi, told reporters that there were no gays in his city. Asked if gay people should hide their sexuality in the city, Pakhomov told the BBC's Panorama program, "No, we just say that it is your business, it's your life. But it's not accepted here in the Caucasus where we live. We do not have them in our city."

Pressed on the issue of gays in Sochi, Pakhomov said that, "I am not sure, but I don't bloody know them."

You have to wonder, however, if there are no gays in Sochi, then who is going to the gay bars? As opposition leader Boris Nemtsov told the BBC, there are a number of gay bars and clubs in the city.

For example, there's Club Mayak, a cabaret venue which openly features drag queens and describes itself as "gay friendly" on its website (girls are allowed in the club, but they pay 200 rubles more than the boys). They've even put together this wonderful flyer to promote themselves during the event:

Put simply, Pakhomov's comments are wrong — according to the Daily Beast, up to 400 people can be found at the club every night. There are gay people in Sochi, just like there are in any large group of people anywhere in the world.

But Pakhomov's comments are illuminating. Let's consider why he was even asked about gays in the first place — Russia's "non-traditional sexual relations propaganda" laws, which came into being last year and have been a constant source of controversy ever since. Critics say that the laws, which don't mention homosexuality directly, essentially prohibited teaching kids about homosexuality, gay pride marches, and speaking in defense of gay rights.

It's worth remembering that Russia doesn't have the worst anti-gay laws in the world (not by a long way, in fact). If you go to Moscow or St. Petersburg you will find many packed gay clubs and plenty of relaxed attitudes to sexuality. Pakhomov and the Duma deputies who voted in the "non-traditional sexual relations propaganda" haven't tried to make homosexuality illegal in Russia, but they seem to believe they can will it out of existence. That's just plain dumb.


"Fear Eats the Soul"

"The Truth About Us..."

There is a pervasive lie that would have you believe that our relationships cannot last, that love is not sustained in our hearts... Here is your proof that this is not so.  Live and love fearlessly.

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"Adam and Andy..."

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

"Same Gender Loving People - No. 1591"

"Only Love And Courage Bring You To This Day..."

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..."

"The Company of Men"
Oil on canvas
George Towne

Monday, January 27, 2014

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"

"Let Love Give Your Heart Courage... Live Fearlessly"

"A Thought To Ponder..."

"It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you."

- Roald Dahl

"The Truth About Sports And Homophobia..."

Canadian Sports Network Takes Engaging Look At Homophobia In Sports

By Sean Mandell
January 26, 2014

Canadian Sports Network TSN recently did a three part series on homophobia in sports titled “ReOrientation: The Culture of Casual Homophobia.” Former NHL player turned broadcaster Aaron Ward runs the series and interviews openly gay athletes like Robbie Rogers and former NFL player Esera Tuaolo along with allies such as Chris Kluwe and NHL players Dustin Brown and Ben Scrivens. Ward also spoke to Patrick Burke, founder of the You Can Play Project, who coined the term, “casual homophobia.” Said Scrivens of the way in which homophobic slurs are jocularly passed around the locker room,

“I don't see that it just comes out, that people have no control over what they're saying. But at the same time you get into a group where you've acted the same way around this group for, you know, your entire adult life essentially and you know it's not just, you’re not going cold turkey on this stuff as much as we’d like it to you—things are getting better I mean—”

“It’s going to take time,” Brown interjects.

“It’s going to take time,” Scrivens agrees.

Ward points out the difficulty he had in getting hockey players to speak candidly about this issue:

“We struggled to get participation from players. Over a nine month period we reached out to 12 different National Hockey League teams. Could not get cooperation. It was a struggle to get guys to sit down be comfortable and honest in front of the camera. Now what you see is obviously easy to sit down and read words for a PSA. It's an absolute other thing to sit down to be honest and in-depth and clear about how you feel about this process and this issue in its own right so it’s almost a barometer of where we are today.”

Watch the series below

"Fear Eats the Soul"

"The GIFt Of Love..."

"Love's gentle embrace reveals the truth of love's desires..."

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