Originally posted on My journey with AIDS…and more!: Would it be much of a surprise, even to the casual reader, that I am a mental health client? I have been since soon after my conclusive HIV diagnosis in 1990, although I wish now that I had sought such accompaniment long before then. It started…
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just an illustration🙂 I found it in the Yellow Pages, which I was checking out at the Toronto Coach Terminal on Bay Street. I had just arrived from Niagara College. It was 1979. I was 19. I thumbed through the book, checking “Baths”, which brought up bathroom fixtures mostly, then I think I tried “Saunas”. . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Remembering “The Romans” – The Romans II Health and Recreation Spa
This research-based piece discusses the possibility that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was motivated by a struggle with his own homosexuality, Islam and parental pressure. The post Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?
I am reminded of December 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. I am reminded of February 5, 1981 – Toronto’s bath house raids, the catalyst for my coming out. I am reminded of stolen innocence as a child at the hands of a strang… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded
Reading something which noted that 1981 was 35 years ago jarred me into realizing that it was three-and-a-half decades ago this very month that I officially came out of the closet, by which I mean letting my family know that I was gay. It was in the co… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Out for 35 years
Morning everyone. I’d like to share a Word of the Master video with you today.
The intolerance is strong with religion and really is only a path to further divisiveness and conflict. Let’s not continue the religious cycle of marginalizing and fearing other people based on bronze age melodrama.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Homosexuality, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Imprison Pat!
Russian president Vladimir Putin is on record as saying that the collapse of the Soviet Union was one of the 20th century’s major geopolitical disasters. Some might say this suggests he is an unregenerate communist but that, I suspect, is not the case. He was comfortable enough in the USSR, serving the state as a . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Putin leads Russia from Communism to Fascism
From among the throngs walking past, largely ignoring him, a street preacher standing with a mic and an amplifier in front of Old City Hall called me out leaving the opening ceremonies of World Pride taking place at Nathan Phillips Square last Friday. Punching his words from between what he considered to be biblical condemnations . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Letter to The Star Re: When free speech becomes hate crime (Letters, June 23)
Tweet “Last year alone, Calgary’s streets were flooded with people of wrong sexual preferences during a homosexual parade of over 30,000 attendees and none of them were embarrassed the slightest to publicly even present their nakedness in front of families and in front of future generations to openly proclaim and manifest that they are not . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Ric McIver and the March for Jesus: A Lake of Fire Redux?
Trinity Western University has been in the news recently, as law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia voted to not recognize lawyers trained at the religious university’s soon-to-open law school. These two law societies – like your blogger and the vast majority of Canadians – recoiled in horror at the university’s community covenant (“covenant” . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: How Trinity Western University (unintentionally) promotes divorce
Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic.
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This morning on CTV’s Canada AM Kevin Newman, of Question Period fame, was promoting a very important segment on this weekend’s W5 program (Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) and, in the accompanying online article he wrote, “Coming out is toward the end of the process for our gay children” – when learning to accept it . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning
The recent release of Cloud Atlas, piqued my interest in writing some thoughts about sexual identity. As has been fairly well publicized leading to the movie’s opening, Lana Wachowski (born Larry) underwent a gender transition (“sex change”) a few years ago; and from all accounts, seems the happier for it.
The even-more-recent allegations that Joe . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Lana Wachowski, Joe Simpson and our evolving social mores
How Putin Learned That Putin Was Behind The Plot To Assassinate Putin.
…this! It’s certainly not too early to think about Mental Illness Awareness Week When I read the Ottawa Citizen article (linked above) I immediately thought, “Mom will have read that yesterday,” and what an opening it would give me to discuss my own mental health history with her. Not long after sobering up five+ years . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…
What I really like about this is that it could just as easily have been said by my Mom or Dad. (They said and wrote almost exactly similar sentiments when Craig and I came out 31 and 35 years ago, respectively.) So there you have it, according to WordPress and Price-Waterhouse accountants, my one-thousandth post!
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I’m really not sure why religious right wingers always seem to use this phrase in reference to the Adam and Eve story (as well as other Old Testament references) to justify their claims that homosexuality is an abomination (and as the Catholic school system would call it “intrinsically disordered”). The lesson from the Adam and . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: God Created Adam and Eve Not Adam and Steve