Lavender Reflections…

A few years ago, when I first discovered Giovanni’s Room (see my post, in Center City, Philadelphia, I was also happy to discover some great books on sale.

One of them is Lavender Reflections: Affirmations for Lesbians & Gay Men, photographs by Victor Arimondi (Copyright 1995, Alamo Square Press, San Francisco, California).

I began working with this book, again, this year.  Every day, there is either a quote or an extended Affirmation (what some call a “Treatment”), about a topic.

Some of the topics include, but are not limited to: Coming Out, Friendship, Sexual Orientation, Spring, Stereotypes, and more.

Some of the quotes are from such Lesbian and Gay luminaries as Dave Kopay, Quentin Crisp, Gertrude Stein, and others.

Although the book was published almost twenty years ago, it is still relevant today.

As Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgendered people, I think it is safe to say that there are issues that we deal with more deeply, feel more intensely than those that are straight.

It is an excellent book to work with to be Mindful of the various aspects of the LGBT life, the issues we face, as well as how we can create, manifest and maintain complete Healing in our lives.

One of the quotes can found for December 29, under the category of “Diversity.”  It is:

“We know we do not have to become copies of each other in order to be able to work together.  We know that when we join hands across the table of our difference, diversity gives us power.  When we can arm ourselves with the strength and vision from our diverse communities, then we will in truth, all of us–be free at last!”

Audre Lorde

1983 Civil Rights March

Washington, D. C.

I looked for more info on both, as well as the Barnes & Noble Booksellers Web site, not sure if the book is still in print; it might be, but it is a book that I highly recommend.  It has given me much to think about in my life, as a Gay Man.

Thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do.



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