A group of Nuns and Jesuits were playing touch football and volleyball.
It was an amazing image of the evolution of religion and connecting with people.
July 31st, 2013
July 30th, 2013
My friend Leeora, who designs the jewelry line “nOir” and Stacy London from “What Not to Wear” decided to have a “recently single party” for me.
Leeora figured a Fiesta would be a good theme to cheer me up.
They were also trying to set me up with a bunch of single, age-appropriate-suitors; A hard thing to pull off. Super sweet… but it didn’t work out that way.
I have to admit that friends are the best.
I did meet an amazing mother (age, 70) and daughter (age 37) who like to party together. They gave me some love advice while they downed margaritas.
In addition, I met Christine Quinn’s hairdresser, David, who turned out to be one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.
From left to right: Brett, Me, Stacy and Leeora
Stacy, Edwin and I’m giving “pimp”
Stacy giving me a kiss.
On a side note: I’m trying to find a confident-smart-successful-entrepreneurial-man-around-49 -years-old for her, so if anyone has suggestions…. She is a super catch. If I were straight, I would be all over that.
Me, Stacy and Leeora’s son.
Another recent single newbie, Brett Wolfe wearing a Charivari tee shirt….impressive! Charivari was one of the only jobs I held down, back in 1987.
July 15th, 2013
July 14th, 2013
My cousin’s children playing dress up on the lake in Wayne Maine…
Next stop tubby’s ice cream
July 2nd, 2013
2013 Gay Pride was very different from other Gay Prides.
I’ve always had a range of thoughts when viewing Gay Pride. I usually fall between disturbed and elated, which is clearly a wide range. I usually feel a sadness from what I perceive as the lack of self-esteem gay men and women have internalized from years of systematic exclusion and messages that they are not worthy of love, loving oneself and hope for a future.
Historically, the broad message delivered by religious groups has been that self-realized Gays are not welcome or worthy in the eyes of God. Government had declared their sexual acts as criminal. Mental Health Industry, until the mid-1960′s called it a mental illness and administrated shock therapy to cure it.
For the last 20 years Gay Pride in NYC centered around the steroid-gay-men, the drag queens, the aids organizations, then add in a lot of drunk people.
Yesterday was a very different Gay Pride Day. You could feel a sense of acceptance that had never occurred… ever. There was a real sense of pride, not coming from a place of anger where you need to shout that you need to be seen because society wanted you to be closeted for hundreds of years; which inevitably comes across all messy. There was a sense of acceptance from the US Government where we can now build a life together with equal rights. There was a sense of self-esteem that spread throughout the crowd in such a profound way that I realized that in years to come the range of emotions from the need to be angry, closeted, shouting your gay, hiding in drugs and sex won’t need to be there.
From now on a gay youth of 18 could ask their boyfriend out, and know that if they wanted to, they could marry. They could court, date, build a relationship and marry. I’m happy for the youth of today- they can now avoid the pain that every gay adult has gone through. It still may take a few more generations for the healing to fully take place, but it will happen.
Similarly, when Obama became President, now any African American can say: “I have been oppressed but I too can become President”. The presence of Obama helps shatter the anger that every African American holds from years of being oppressed. Every gay man or woman knows that if they want to attempt to build trust and a bond between 2 people, they are recognized by the Government.
Wow!! Congrats America!
I never thought I would see the day.
Edie Windsor at 2013 Pride
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