Monday, August 21, 2017

"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2790"


"There Is Comfort In Love..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"The Truth About Who We Are..."


Johan, Copenhagen, Denmark
by thegaymenproject
photos by Kevin Truong

Johan, in his own words:"Ultimately I think ‘being gay’ should only come down to sexual preference, but as we all know, things are not that simple. Referring to intersectionality, to me being gay means dealing with discrimination, norms and prejudice - just like other categories: gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, mental illness, and physical illness and so on. Resting on this topic I believe everyone, to various degrees, suffers from a marginalized identity and I wish that people would think more holistically when discussing feminist/queer etc topics - When you speak for an isolated group of people it will very likely have an impact on other groups or movements.

In my case I’ve been, and still am,unavoidably influenced by internalized homophobia but it was more present when I was younger - I felt more constrained as a person and more prone to adhere to whatever heterosexual norms and rituals I encountered in my everyday life. Since then I’ve been trying to be aware of whatever broader contexts and social hierarchies I’m being influenced by and try not to let them have too much of an impact on my personal identity as I don’t want to be a victim or less of a human.


Having this said, being gay definitely doesn’t define me as there are many other implications to an identity, but I do think that it has an influence on my life, even on a practical level when it comes to questions like how and where do I meet potential partners? how is it to be a part of a community that I only share a few common traits with? how and should I establish a family? To whom and when do I come out of the closet? (continuously!) and much more. The path is not as straight for me in comparison to people living the IKEA life. Sometimes I see this as a blessing and sometimes it scares me.

I also like to think and hope that being a gay man means that I’m more capable to sympathize with other minorities and able to break free from general conformity, but again, being gay is just one out of many variables. I often wish that sexuality and gender were more deconstructed in today’s society but just like people have tendencies to discriminate they also seek similarity and I think that many gay people find comfort and a sense of belonging in gay subcultures so I’m a bit torn about this. Regardless, no-one deserves loneliness.

On the topic about challenges/successes in my life I think I have been quite successful obtaining what I’ve been striving for. I have a great set of friends, a decent career and two good relationships while they lasted. The greatest challenge is myself, I’m always anxious of losing these things when I have them and I’m not always enjoying the ride.


I came out to my mum when I was 18. I think she was shocked, if not, very surprised. She took me to see a therapist and I’m not sure if it was to validate the fact or just help me deal with the topic. Since then she’s been great and she’s often curious as to what’s going on in my dating life. My dad knows but I’ve never had a proper conversation with him about it.
When I turned 28 my little sister came out as queer which is great, we have a lot in common and often go out clubbing together.

I’ve been very privileged having been born and raised in Scandinavia and I think that heterosexual norms (not to mention the law) are less intrusive here in comparison to many other places. A drawback of having established laws for gay marriage and gay adoption is that we’re currently lacking a clear agenda of how to improve lives for LGBTQA people. Statistics show high numbers of suicides, young people being bullied in school and and hate crimes towards LGBTQA people, especially trans-gender.




Overall I think the LBTQA scene in Copenhagen is friendly and open-minded. It’s also quite small and I think that people seem to be look out more for other people here and it’s less extreme in many ways in comparison to London where I lived a few years back. One thing that I miss though is that the scene could be more diverse. It’s very caucasian and it doesn’t have that queer club playing the Smiths and the alike.


Finally I just want to add that I’m happy to be a part of this project. It’s great to have a medium that highlights the vast differences of gay people and have each of them tell their personal stories. This is how we deconstruct stereotypes and promote something that other people (gay or non-gay) can identify and sympathize with. Media in general is, in my opinion, doing the opposite thing."



"The Views To Love..."











"The Imitation Of Life..."


From his album "Everybody," released earlier this year, in this beautifully produced music video featuring many familiar Hollywood actors, the musical artist, Logic depicts in his song "1-800-273-8255" (which is the number of the National Sucide Prevention Hotline) the pain and anguish of rejection and the feeling of loss and hopelessness that result when your coming out doesn't happen on your own terms or with positive outcomes... This video is a powerful message for a new generation of young gay men coming to terms with the realities of their own hearts and lives in a world that doesn't always accept and understand them.


Below, the artist Logic explains his lyrics and his motivations in making "1-800-273-8255"



"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Artist's Corner..."


"The Birds of Paradise"
Acrylic on canvas
Steve Walker



Sunday, August 20, 2017

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Is Beautifully Human...  Live Fearlessly"




"This Made Me Smile..."





"The Truth About Love..."


The great unrequited love tears open your heart to the beauty of the world, its small rivers and upland meadows. It also makes you kinder to the next hundred thousand persons who cross your path.

- Garrison Keillor



"The Views To Love..."














"We Were Always There..."




"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them. There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to. Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."

Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2789"


"There Is A Blissful Joy In Marrying The One You Love..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"This Is A Love Song..."




The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
George Michael

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and endless skies, my love
To the dark and empty skies

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hands
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command, my love
That was there at my command

The first time I ever lay with you
And felt you heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the world
And would last till the end of time, my love
It would last till the end of time

The first time ever I saw your face
Your face, your face

Songwriters: Ewan Maccoll
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face lyrics © The Royalty Network Inc.



"Selfie Love..."


"Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love...



"The Artist's Corner..."


"At Five In The Morning"
Acrylic on canvas
Steve Walker



Saturday, August 19, 2017

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Is Joy...  Live Fearlessly"




"Selfie Love..."


"Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love...



"This Is A Love Song..."





Let's Do it Again
The Staple Singers

Do it again, do it (do it)
Lets do it again (do it)
Mmm (do it again, do it again)
Gonna do it again (do it)
Do it, do it
Lets do it again (do it)
Do it again
Sometimes the rain
Groovin' when I hear the sound
Like you and me, baby
Gettin' down with the sounds around
Oh, the smell of the mornin' flower

As we pass away the hour
I want to do it again, do it again
Do it do it
Lets do it in the mornin' do it

Now I like you, lady
So fine with your pretty hair
If you don't mind my compliments
Just diggin?on the clothes you wear

I'm just a man and I got your fear
I can love you now I brought you here
I want to do it again
(Do it) do it, do it I want to do it again

Oh, oh, ho, hey, do it again
Do it, woo, hoo, hoo, hoo
Do it

Like a hammer on the block
Love began to rock
Give the sister love and pride
Feel good and satisfied

I'm not a girl that could linger
But I feel like a Butterfinger
I want to do it again, do it again
Do it, do it

Lets do it in the mornin'
Do it, do it
Do it, do it, do it again 
Do it again woo, hoo, hoo, do it again

Do it again, do it again, do it again woo, hoo, hoo
Mmm, woo, hoo, hoo
Oh, hey

Woo, hoo, hoo
Do it again, do it again


Written by Curtis Mayfield • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2788"


"Live And Love In The Sunshine..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them. There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to. Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."

Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"We Were Always There..."





"This Made Me Smile..."


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