|In the beginning--my road to self-acceptance started at Grant School, age 5, front row/right|
|I was fortunate to grow up in a loving family, Christmas, age 16|
Silence/humility/secrets/guilt seem the only options when awkward confusion, life vs. death confrontations, discrimination/persecution or abusive--self or outside--acts impact LGBT lives. Alternative possible solutions for our frustration and choices ought appear before us but rarely do. Dead silence! It´s seems relationships ought to make sense just like they would in ¨heterosexual¨ peoples lives, but, hell, they don´t, what is it that life wants from us? It´s not like someone shared real life experience with us as we¨go it¨ alone (mostly) and piece together a life for ourselves from the far outside part of the loop!
|My first year at College--San Francisco Area (It Gets Better), age 18, Yearbook Picture|
|Visitng a friend at Santiago, Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala, age 65|
Now I don´t accept unwise ¨street talk/religious ignorance¨ as emotionally stable verdicts about people like me. I didn´t always know who was right and who was wrong about me and people like me. Gossip or preaching laced with bigotry, blame/shame, fear and hate is not ¨wise¨ or ¨just¨ or ¨true¨ reflections of most reality. Life is sometimes difficult/unjust for everyone/anyone and doesn´t always make sense. However, becoming a LGBT willing victim of other peoples prejudices, mental/spiritual illness by accepting lies/nonsense and slander as valid judgements against Gay people is cowardly or plain warped thinking. Learning HOW to grow and deal against outside negative pressure, false information directed against LGBT people, is key to discovering and accepting the authentic and positive version of myself that God created. This is my challenge, this is my ongoing quest and I become more courageous along the way as I know more about me.
|Recovering from multiple eye surgeries this year--A trip to beautiful/hospitable Mexico, age 66|
· Thanks to Dan Savage
· Thanks to The Advocate
· Thanks to The Daily News
· Thanks to ¨It Gets Better¨
· Thanks to Bishop V. Gene Robinson/New Hampshire
· Thanks to David Green, Pride Shield
· Thanks to The Episcopal Church (Welcomes Everyone)
· Thanks to My Nephew Jeff, Photos