RECOVERED: The Face of Gay 3 (James Taylor Jr.)

March 19th, 2018

From August 4, 2012

Being an internationally known author—South America counts, right?—I have the opportunity to meet and become friends with some absolutely wonderful people. It doesn’t always mean they like me back, but because of my fame, they’re at least polite about it. That might have been a little bit of fluff there, or as my friend who you’re going to read about shortly would call it, bullshit.

I met James Taylor Jr. several years ago at a book signing I did in Ann Arbor and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. Not only did he have a successful LGBT-related radio show at Eastern Michigan University, but he was recently named Best Live Singer by Flame Magazine for the Best of Detroit 2012. It’s been my honor to get to know him—and his fabulous mother—only I never knew much about his upbringing until he sent me this for the Face of Gay blog series.

Before turning this over to James, if after reading this you’d like to tell your own story or a story about a family member who’s part of the LGBT community, please contact me. Submissions can even be posted anonymously if you’d prefer.
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RECOVERED: The Face of Gay 2 (By Bobbie B)

March 15th, 2018

From July 14th, 2012

First, a sincere thank you to everybody who read and commented a couple of weeks ago on the debut of The Face of Gay. The author of the piece and I weren’t entirely sure if it would attract an audience or not and it did. Also, I received an e-mail from someone shortly after asking if they could submit one for the series. Absolutely! If after reading this week’s post you’d like to tell your own story or the story of someone you know (if you’re straight and they’re gay), please contact me. Again, my hope is that readers will have a better understanding of the LGBT community by reading these. Now, shall we get on with The Face of Gay 2?
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RECOVERED: The Debut of The Face of Gay 1 (Anonymous)

March 13th, 2018

From June 30th, 2012

A month or two ago, I extended the invitation for anyone to write a guest blog post for a series I wanted to start called The Face of Gay. This was in anticipation of hostilities increasing after President Obama declared his support of legalizing gay marriage. If enough people were to come forward, offer their stories of what they or someone else have gone through as a member of the GLBT community or supporter of it, then perhaps it might help to educate others and even change a few minds. Each submission could even remain anonymous.

I received one reply.

That’s not a complaint and I think after you read it, you’ll understand why. Even the author of the piece admits it only scratches the surface, but what’s there is a beautiful representation of the kinds of stories we never hear about. I thank the author of this post for sharing it and hope others will come forward, too.
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Have A Nice Life

February 26th, 2018

I remember the first time I heard this phrase and it stuck with me. I was listening to Cyndi Lauper’s Christmas album and she says it in a song. It struck me as…ironic? Not mean since it’s a Christmas album. I’ve heard the phrase said in a less-than-happy way. Actually, someone said it to me last year and it wasn’t in a humorous way at all. More on that later. The odd thing is I caught myself thinking “Have a nice life” the other day. About a house.
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February 7th, 2018

Every time I think I should sit down and write a blog post, I keep thinking of the hundreds of them I lost and I just can’t find the strength to do it. Ironic considering the title of this one, isn’t it? I’m trying to be hopeful or at least find hope in some things again. This is an uphill battle, sadly.
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The Closing of the Year (2017)

December 17th, 2017

I woke up this morning (Sunday) after realizing I smelled my father’s cologne. He wore a specific scent as far back as I can remember, and I’ve always associated it with him. Mom hasn’t felt dad’s presence since he passed away. I have from time to time. A couple of action flicks played on the Blu-Ray player the last two evenings, so I figure he came around for a little father/son film time. There may have been another reason.
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An Explanation Of Sorts

December 3rd, 2017

My husband, Ralph, told me his Chinese horoscope stated 2017 would be a year of change. This has held true and not just for him.
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