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Tuesday / October 18 / 2011

[Guest Post] The journey to myself

Today’s guest post comes to us from Rick Modien, who blogs here. Rick writes passionately about love, acceptance, and self-esteem as they relate to gay people. He’s graciously agreed to share his journey of growing up (and growing into) gay – as part of his self-discovery journey.
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Monday / September 26 / 2011

You were born to love

I am pleased and honored to be featured as a guest blogger on Rick Modien’s blog. Read “You Were Born To Love” HERE.

 

Tuesday / July 19 / 2011

[Guest Post] When being gay isn’t always so gay: part III of III

Today’s guest post comes to us from Rick Modien. Rick writes passionately about love, acceptance and self-esteem as they relate to gay people. He’s also a chocolate aficionado, home decorator extraordinaire, and admitted Disneyland addict. He blogs here.
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Monday / July 18 / 2011

When being gay isn’t always so gay: part II of III

Whatever your opinion of Lady Gaga, she nails the truth of unconditional love when she sings, “Born This Way”. The key lyrics spell out the thrux behind this three-part blog series: “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby, I was born to survive.” (full lyrics here)

Many of my friends are gay (both guys and dolls, to continue Part I’s theme of musicals from the ’50s). And guess what? They celebrate love the same way I do. They fall head-over-heels, they make good choices and bad, they get cheated on, and if they’re fortunate, they ultimately discover the Love of Their Life. They laugh, they travel, they argue, they buy puppies together. They desire to give love and be loved in return. Read the full story…

Sunday / July 17 / 2011

When being gay isn’t always so gay: part I of III

I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty. I feel pretty, and witty and gay…” sung by Maria in West Side Storyand sung by yours truly in (junior high?) for NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association).

But gay doesn’t necessarily mean gay anymore, does it. Nowadays, gay means homosexual, which I’m sorry to say does not always translate, ‘happy’.

Hence why when you click on ‘stage lyrics’ at the top of the West Side Story page, the lyrics read, “I feel pretty and witty and bright!” Read the full story…