I AM so happy that I shall have the honor and pleasure of returning to FlameCon, the premier LGBTQ comic con, tomorrow, Saturday, August 17, 2019.
This is the place to explore and learn about people of the LGBTQIAPlus Community who are life-long geeks, nerds, and who happen to have a direct connection to comic books, queer literature, etc.
Recently, while going through some of the bins in my apartment, I found my copy of Geeks Out Present Power, dated June, 2015, edited by John Curtis Jennison Jr. And yes, I plan on reading it prior to this weekend’s FlameCon2019. It is a short read (98 pages), so I should be done in time.
In the meantime, based on one of the most recent Emails I received from GEEKS OUT, more than sixty per cent of all the tickets have been sold, and tickets continue to sell.
I AM also looking forward to making quick videos on my YouTube Channel about my experiences at this weekend’s FlameCon2019.
The vast majority of my videos on my YouTube Channel, are of a Metaphysical, Magickal, and Mystical theme. However, there are a few that fall under the LGBTQIAPlus category, such as the videos I did when I was at “Bear Your Soul: Summer Camp” in August, 2018, as well as when I participated in “Spirit of the Bear,” which was co-produced by Bear Your Soul and PawedNYC.
You can check out all my YouTube videos by visiting:
Before I close, let me acknowledge my newest subscribers to this, my personal, LGBTQIAPlus WordPress Blog, “This Gay Man’s Life…” They are: “Darryl Barton” and “dionjulian.” May your following of “This Gay Man’s Life…” bring you much insight, Self-Esteem and PRIDE!
And to all of you who are already following “This Gay Man’s Life…” and/or my professional, Metaphysically-oriented WordPress Blog, “This Is Who I AM,” may you continue to live wild and free, and be Prospered, now and always, in all ways.
For four years now, FlameCon, the premier LGBTQ Comic Con has been happening, and gaining momentum and fans. It has become the world’s largest Queer Comic Con, too.
Intersetingly enough, for the first time in FlameCon’s history, it is being held in Manhattan, as opposed to Brooklyn. For those of you who are unfamiliar with New York City, it is composed of five Boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx (or, as the locals call it, “the Bronx”), and Staten Island. Long Island is often referred to as the Sixth NYC Borough, but it is not actually a Borough of NYC.
Now, I shall admit, when I learned that this year’s FlameCon shall be held in Manhattan, I was shocked! As most of you know, I AM one of Catland’s in-store Readers, so I AM in Brooklyn, fairly often, and truly, no stranger to the MTA’s Transit system; taking buses and trains fairly often, usually every week, and sometimes, as many as four to five days a week.
Nonetheless, I happily took a bus into Midtown Manhattan, then a subway train to Brooklyn, and specifically, to the subway stop closest to where FlameCon was being held.
However, the Manhattan location this year means I do not need to take any additional mass transit. I can simply travel into Midtown Manhattan, NYC, then walk a few blocks to the hotel where FlameCon is being held.
Alas, because I have a previous engagement this month, I shall not be able to attend FlameCon 2018.
In the vast and ever-increasing diversity of the LGBTQIA+ Community, there is a group of Gay Men called “bears.” Bears are men who are hairy and husky, and usually above the age of thirty (and yes, I AM a Bear).
Of course, there are variations on the theme. Slim, younger men, particular under the age of thirty who are hairy are often referred to as “otters,” Slim and muscular, as in corded muscle who are above the age of forty are usually referred to as “wolves.”
Men under thirty who are hairy and husky are usually referred to as “cubs,” and then, of course, there are other variations on the theme. For example, black men, or men of African descent who are hairy and husky are sometimes called “black bears.” Men who are hairy and husky and of Asian descent are referred to as “pandas.” Not sure if this also includes Pacific Islanders, but I digress.
Truly, the list tends to go on.
Now, there are events that are made for the Bear Community and they are usually called “bear runs.
Some of the more well-known bear runs in the United States are Texas Bear Round Up (or, TBRU, for short), which had its 23rd Annual Event this past March, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Another well-known one in the United Statse is Provincetown Bear Week in Provincetown, Massachusetts, usually in July.
Internationally, there is “Bears on Ice” in Reykjavik, Iceland, which is usually the last weekend in August to the first few days of September, and then, we have probably one of THE most well-known of International Bear Runs, “International Bears Sitges Week,” in Sitges (near Barcelona), Spain, usually taking place the first full week of September.
“Bear Your Soul” is not a typical Bear Run. It takes place, twice a year at Easton Mountain, in Greenwich, New York. I often refer to it as a Spiritually-oriented bear run.
I have participated in a “Bear Your Soul” retreat previously; specifically, “Bear Your Soul: Winter Hibernation” in January, 2017.
However, this shall be my very first “Summer Camp” edition, and I AM looking forward to it.
It is clear to me that I could go on and on about “Bear Your Soul,” but I want to keep this post relatively short and sweet, especially as it is my first post on my personal, LGBTQIA+ oriented WordPress Blog, “This Gay Man’s Life…” since October, 2017. In the meantime, to find out more about “Bear Your Soul” as well as Freddy Freeman, who created “Bear Your Soul” you can visit the following:
This weekend, I have the opportunity to return to Rainbow Mountain Resort, a year-round, LGBTQ resort, located in the Pocono mountains, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
I have the opportunity to participate in “Spirit of the Bear” a healing, transformative workshop co-created by the collaboration of PawedNYC and Bear Your Soul of Easton Mountain.
“Spirit of the Bear” is an opportunity for Gay Bears and their admirers to participate in various workshops designed to help us remember that we are meant to be happy, vibrant, and light, as opposed to miserable, tired, and overloaded with drama (or, as I like to call it, drama/trauma/melodrama, or DTM, for short).
From massage to cuddle parties, and more, but feel free to visit the Websites below for more info on these amazing events.
And yes, there is so much more that I could write about this, but to learn more, you can visit:
This was the third year for FlameCon, the premier LGBTQ Comic Con in NYC, taking place in the Borough of Brooklyn in NYC every time.
In 2015, its first year, it was held at the Grand Prospect Hall. I remember seeing commercials for this place when I was a boy. And to think that I was actually going to the Grand Prospect Hall!
Keep in mind, when I a boy, I had no idea of the concept of being a Gay Man, or a homosexual, so when I would watch commercials for this place, I always found it fascinating.
Of course, as I grew older, then came out of the closet, it never occurred to me that I would ever go there, as I never considered Gay Men going to straight weddings. The times they have a-changed!
However, last year and this year, 2016 and 2017, respectively, FlameCon was held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. And this year, I would swear there were more attendees than last year.
Personally, although I AM not fond of crowds, I do prefer living and being in a city, and I love going to FlameCon, although what thing I did not love was saying “excuse me” and “pardon me” so many times on the first day, but I got over it.
Now, before I continue, I wish to share something with all of us.
Part of me had considered not going. Frankly, my professional Psychic Practice has become more involved, and my side position of employment more demanding, and both as of this year. Also, I have had more professional and personal expenses.
However, I had purchased the tickets (a VIP Package, in fact) about two to three months ago, and I have attended the first two FlameCon events, so attending this year’s FlameCon, also known as FlameCon2017.
And I AM so happy I did!!
Although this post, and its “Part II” shall have links to articles about this year’s FlameCon that features tons of photographs of the cosplayers, I want to focus on one of my personal favorite aspects of FlameCon and that is the panel discussions.
To give the reader a better idea, the first day of FlameCon (also known as FlameCon2017) was Saturday, August 19, 2017, 12-8PM; the second and last day was on Sunday, August 20, 2017, 12-6PM.
On the first day, Saturday, August 19, 2017, the first Panel Discussion I attended was “ComicsVerse Podcast: Celebrating Minority and LGBTQ Superheroes.”
It was a learning experience, especially since I AM still quite a newbie in the world of Queer Comics.
In the world of the Sacred Tarot, I AM a Master Level tour guide, but in the world of Queer Comics, well, they need to create a term for the level of inexperience I have! Ha!
If memory serves, ComicsVerse has been one of FlameCon’s sponsors since its very first year, 2015. Feel free to visit their Website, and show them some love:
The second panel discussion I attended was “Buffering the Vampire Slayer Podcast.” It is hard to believe that yours truly, forgot that this year is the 20th Anniversary of the debut of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Oh, well, I know now!
Here is what was written about this podcast event on the Thomson Reuters app for FlameCon2017:
“Buffering the Vampire Slayer is a podcast where, you guessed it, discussions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer abound! In addition to their weekly episodic discussions, hosts Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristin Russo (who also happen to be married to each other!) write an original song recapping every episode of the beloved television series! Join Kristin, Jenny, and friends for a live taping of a very special episode!”
As someone who attended this live podcast taping, and who was immensely thankful to have been able to gain entry (the lines for some of these panel discussions and events can be quite long, and there are safety issues to consider, such as too many people in a room can be a safety hazard, but I digress), it was definitely a very special taping.
I need to listen to it, because there is one section where one could clearly hear me say, “Yes, it’s funny.” We were talking about a First Season episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in which in one scene, everyone is talking about planning a party and Cordelia says, “I’m the dip girl.”
Kristin Russo said that it really was not that funny; all of us Lovingly disagreed with her, and I distinctly said “Yes, it’s funny” and I think I was loud enough to be recorded, but I shall let you know officially in Part II of this post.
In any event, do visit their Website, and check out the rest of their social media presence by visiting:
And finally, to conclude the evening, all of us who purchased the VIP Package, were entitled to dinner the Hill Country Barbecue restaurant. It was called Camp Fire; which makes sense, given the first part of this comic convention is FLAME.
We had brisket, collard greens, macaroni and cheese (and in spite of being Mister Literal, I continued calling it macaroni and cheese, although it was made with penne, which is how I make it, but I digress). And if you love margaritas, well, let me simply state I knew that, had I not eaten as much that particular day, I think I would have needed to have a cab take me all the way from the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn to my home in New Jersey! Ha!
For dessert, there were some super delicious s’mores cupcakes, and entertainment, which included a sing-along of the Pokemon song (I truly had no idea!), and a few other relevant ditties, including the “Rainbow Connection.”
That song touches my heart so deeply every time I hear it, sing it, etc., I always cry. I kept channeling my Inner American Idol superstar contestant, by refraining from allowing the song to affect my singing, but I kept sounding very off-key, or “pitchy,” It really was off-key. Very.
So, I simply allowed myself to stop singing and cry. Yes, the song moves me that much.
Before I begin to close and complete this post, I wanted to share with you some of the various articles I found online which showcases one of the more popular aspects of FlameCon: the COSPLAY (and other things, too)!
And now, before I conclude this post, I wish to acknowledge my newest subscribers to this, my personal, LGBTQIA+-oriented WordPress Blog, “This Gay Man’s Life…” They are: “meganwalt” and “ijustcookedthis.” Thank you both for celebrating your diversity and your ongoing PRIDE by subscribing to “This Gay Man’s Life…”
And for those of you who already subscribe to “This Gay Man’s Life…” or read without subscribing, continuing shining your Diversity and PRIDEful Light into the world, casting out all that and those who cause all of us harm.
I do not think I need to tell you of the importance of the Rainbow Book Fair for the greater LGBTQIA+ Community.
If you can attend and support this endeavor, then great! If not, then I invite you to become a Friend or Sponsor of the Rainbow Book Fair. When you visit their Website, click the tab that reads “Support Us” for more info.
Before I close, let me acknowledge my newest followers to “This Gay Man’s Life…” They are: “Chuck L,” “recipesbydaniel,” “warrenisaac,” and “amygrif.”
Also, I wish to acknowledge these other followers to “This Gay Man’s Life…” They are:”missymichaels452,” “DRCBCN08009,” “Jon,” “Man of many thoughts,” “AdultXXPO,” “uchechioma,” “scrappy1205,” “What’s your story?,” “donaldgeorgeherman,” “KRC62,” “reuserecyclerelove,” “Senna,” “Chuck,” and “lesouchef.”
To all of you whom I have acknowledged, thank you for your Love, your Light, and your PRIDE. May you always be beautiful, powerful, and sacred in all you do, and in all the ways you make a difference in the lives of those you serve.
And to all of you who already follow or read without following “This Gay Man’s Life…” may your Love and Light, bring you and all you serve, or shall begin serving, Empowerment, Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace.
I look forward to seeing you, in exactly three weeks, at the Rainbow Book Fair!!