How many times in our lives do we hear people say to us and others, “just have faith and it’ll all work out.” What is faith? There are many definitions, but for the purpose of this essay faith, as per Merriam Webster, is a “firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust.” Because faith is such an elusive concept not grounded in fact and cannot be proven, it is hard for many to grasp and put into practice. The daily grind of life, many times, can wear down any semblance of faith we may have to endure the most trying of times.… more
Fear is a driving force in our lives. The motivating factors of fear induce us to do things we normally would not do, good and bad, and also propels us to heights of awareness and achievement beyond our wildest expectations. There is also a tendency of fear to be a regulator on our progress forward because we sometimes actually fear what we want, thus subconsciously preventing us from obtaining what we dream for. While all these various factors of fear interact in our lives in some form or fashion, it is the last factor, fearing what we want, that is the most destructive to achieving our personal greatness.… more
I’m sure all of you have looked at coming out videos on Youtube at some point. Each day somebody who is gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgenered submits videos to share their stories with others. These videos help out many kids or even adults who are dealing with coming out. You have a choice to watch these videos or not. The people who are submitting these videos get a lot of feedback either positive or negative. I would like to share with you all one of the negative feedbacks from somebody that is straight.… more
In a prior blog post I had written about the secure and confident environments we all had as children. I had also touched upon how, as we grow older, those secure worlds we had as children begin to crumble and are replaced by other much less secure and confident conditions due to external influences that begin to impact us. The purpose of this essay is to carry those general concepts forward and describe this evolution we all face in more personal terms.
Looking back on my childhood, many aspects were quite similar to those of other children I was growing up with. I liked to play and hang out with my friends. I went to school and experienced much of the same trials and tribulations that others around me were experiencing, but my secure world seemed to have started to crumble very early in my life.… more
The true story of why professional soccer player Robbie Rogers had to retired immediately after coming out as the UK’s only openly gay top flight professional soccer player.
It was only this February that the then Leeds play who has also represented the United States in 18 international football matches, opened his heart and revealed his true sexuality, then promptly walked away from the beautiful game. In his first interview for UK media since he came out, he explained his hurt, anger and how it is still virtually impossible for gay players to come out and remain in the game.… more
Is coming out becoming so normal that it’s not worthy of “insane” media publicity and high production values? After Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean recently came out to much fanfare, fitness guru Shaun T quietly slipped out of the closet this weekend via a simple retweet.
Shaun T created Insanity, a 60-day program focusing on “maximum-intensity exercise with short periods of rest.” The program promises fast results without leaving the house and has been wildly successful. Shaun T followed up his continuing success with the “Hip-Hop Abs” video which had men and women swooning across the country.… more
ABC’s Good Morning America Weather Anchor and Editor, Sam Champion, is officially engaged to his longtime boyfriend.
Sam Champion is the latest of big names to publicly announce that he’s officially gay and getting married. This weekend, MSNBC’s news anchor Thomas Roberts married his partner Saturday in NYC. CNN’s Anderson Cooper officially came out as gay during the summer. There’s a trend for well known television personalities to come out and/or announce their engagements.
Champion is engaged to his longtime boyfriend, Brazilian-born photographer Rubem Robierb.
“We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” the 51-year-old weather guru told The Times of his engagement to Rubem.… more
The UK’s national radio scene just got a good deal brighter as Nick Grimshaw takes over the mic at BBC’s prime flagship breakfast show on the public service broadcasters national Radio 1. The second most listened to national station in the country.
The delightfully witty and intelligent 28 year-old presenter kicked off his first breakfast show by waking up floppy haired singer from top pop band Harry Styles live on air and has since woken up each mender of the 1 Direction pop group.
Nick, in a recent interview was more than happy to confirm that he is indeed gay and also admitted that he would “really like” to go out with US R&B singer Frank Ocean.… more
A top German professional soccer player fears he could be attacked by fans and even by other footballers if he goes public with his sexuality and officially comes out.
“I don’t know whether I will be able to take the constant tension between [being] the model heterosexual player and the possible discovery until the end of my career,” the unnamed top flight player said in an interview with Germany’s Fluter magazine.
He told them women friends act as “beards” at public events to disguise his sexuality, acting as his girlfriends. He confesses sadly that his last gay relationship was “poisoned” and destroyed by all the secrecy.… more
There can be few who knew his music that were surprised by the stunning revelation recently from singer Mika, that he was in fact one of our gang, a happy homosexual!
Ok, so perhaps previously he self identified himself as a bisexual, however many saw this as just either a passing phase or a record company imposed condition in order to sell more records.
The attractive 28 year old made the revelatory announcement in an interview with Instinct Magazine in which he also confirmed some of the songs on his new album were inspired by his relations and love affairs with men.… more