Month: October 2014

Pride Celebrations: November, 2014, Part I…


Although it may be “slim pickins” for some, there are still a few LGBT Pride Celebrations taking place in a month that very few, if any, would associate with LGBT Pride: November, 2014.

Here is what is happening in the United States:

 

Wednesday, November 5-Sunday, November 9, 2014–“Greater Palm Springs Pride,” Palm Springs, California

http://pspride.org/

(PLEASE NOTE: There are various events taking place between Wednesday, November 5, and Sunday, November 9, 2014.  For more information, please visit the aforementioned Website to see which event appeals to you most.)

Sunday, November 23-Sunday, November 30, 2014–“Thanksgiving Caribbean Cruise,” with Olivia Lesbian Cruises

http://www.olivia.com/

 

As far as I can tell, that is it for LGBT Pride Celebrations in the United States, but if I find out any others in November, 2014, I shall update this post with the additional information, as soon as I get it.

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “authormeganmorales.”  Thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.  May your following of “This Gay Man’s Life…” bring you great Joy, great Insight and great PRIDE.

In addition, I wish to thank and acknowledge both Gay Pride Calendar and Gay Travel at About.com for all their assistance in the creation of these blog posts.

And for those of you who already follow or read “This Gay Man’s Life…” thank you so much for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.Rainbow-Flag-2961345

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“This Gay Man’s Life…:” Current Site Stats


In honor of “National Blog Posting Month” (also known as NaBloPoMo), I wanted to give all of you a look at what I have accomplished with “This Gay Man’s Life…” my very second, as opposed to my very first, WordPress Blog, thus far.

With that, here is the juicy (as opposed to the skinny) about it:

 

1. I launched “This Gay Man’s Life…” on Tuesday, February 18, 2014;

2. As of yesterday, Monday, October 27, 2014, I have 1,675 views, 208 tags, 62 posts (63, once this one is published), 46 followers, and 45 comments;

3. My best ever views number is 56, and this occurred on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 (the day after I launched, “This Gay Man’s Life…”);

4. There is, indeed, more to come.

 

The official logo of National Blog Posting Month, as well as National Novel Writing Month.  Makes me feel "horny!"  Ha!
The official logo of National Blog Posting Month, as well as National Novel Writing Month. Makes me feel “horny!” Ha!

Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room…


This past Thursday, October 16, 2014,  I had the honor and pleasure of returning to one of my favorite places: Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

And while there, I also had the opportunity to go to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.

Granted, I was six days late for the official Grand Opening, but I was happy to go there, six days after the Grand Opening, which was two days ago.

I confess, I was nervous.  I wondered how different it would be from Giovanni’s Room.  And yes, it is somewhat different, but the volunteers were professional, friendly and welcoming, and with lovely Energy, both individually and collectively, and that made me very happy.

Most of you know I PRAYED that Giovanni’s Room would remain open.  Fortunately for many Goddesses, Gods, Angels, and Saints, I can now stop harassing (OOPS!), I mean, petitioning Them.  And fortunately for Philadelphia, and the rest of the United States of America, there is still, at the very least, one LGBT bookstore open, and it has so much more than LGBT books now.

I found some wonderful items that made me very happy.  And the purchases I made certainly made the volunteers happy, and I AM sure the people who Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room serves, too.

And yes, the window seats remain, which made me especially happy.  I love those window seats!

For the record, this post is more photograph-intensive.  So, enjoy the gallery show!

In the meantime, thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.

One of the new signs at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
One of the new signs at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Another sign at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
Another sign at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Some of the merchandise available at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
Some of the merchandise available at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
The information card for one of the items at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
The information card for one of the items at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
My favorite window seat, decorated for Halloween.
My favorite window seat, decorated for Halloween.
The sign announcing the Grand Opening of the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room, at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
The sign announcing the Grand Opening of the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Some of the items at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
Some of the items at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Additional merchandise at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
Additional merchandise at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Needless to say (or, write, as the case may be) I AM VERY happy this fixture remains in the store.
Needless to say (or, write, as the case may be) I AM VERY happy this fixture remains in the store.
One of the display models at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
One of the display models at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
The sign listing how and what to donate to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
The sign listing how and what to donate to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Look at the GORGEOUS glamour coat that found me!
Look at the GORGEOUS glamour coat that found me!
And how wonderful, I can bring this bag in the next time I go and receive five per cent off my purchase.  Instant Money Miracle!
And how wonderful that I can bring this bag in the next time I go to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room and receive five per cent off my purchase. Instant Money Miracle!

 

 

BEING THE LOVE, Continued…


This past Wednesday, October 15, 2014, I had the honor and pleasure of returning to The Duplex in Greenwich Village, Manhattan to see Rev. Yolanda’s “Old Time Gospel Hour, Chapter II: BE THE LOVE.”  And it was even better than ever!

I have had the pleasure of seeing Rev. Yolanda perform for more than two years now.

I first saw Rev. Yolanda perform for the first time on Friday, April 19, 2013, 8PM, at the William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City, New Jersey.  It was a free show, and it was a wonderful surprise!

When I saw “A gender bending gospel celebration” in the advertising, I was so there!

Her performance last year, was wonderful, and her performance this past Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at The Duplex was one of her best, yet!

And I was not the only person in attendance this past Wednesday who shared this sentiment.  Even a fellow Robert had the same idea.

The Sacred Occasion that was being celebrated in her performance was the tenth anniversary of her Sacred Union with her husband, Rev. Glen Morton Ganaway (http://www.glenganaway.com/).  Although in her Email (a portion of which I transcribed in one of my previous posts, “Being the Love…”

Since then, I have seen her perform at all but two or three performances at The Duplex.  In fact, there was a series of performances in 2013 that I missed;  well, I missed the Mother’s Day performance that year, as well as the one in June or July, of that same year.

But on Sunday, August 4, 2014, 6:30PM, I was at The Duplex ready to let the “LOVE” wash over me.

Now, for those of you that are new to “This Gay Man’s Life…” as well as new to me, personally, I AM NOT a religious person.  Spiritual, yes; religious, no.

However, I have always enjoyed listening to Gospel music, although it takes a truly talented artist for me to enjoy Country Gospel, and Rev. Yolanda is that truly talented artist.

I invite all of to visit Rev. Yolanda’s Website for more info about her, all she does, and upcoming performances.

http://www.yolanda.net/

If you have Spotify, you can also check out two of her albums and one of her dance mixes, too.

Visit https://www.spotify.com/us/

Also, I just found out that she has been written about on the Huffington Post.  You can visit read that post by visiting

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/court-stroud/holy-rollers-in-her-hair-_b_1734475.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=874579b=facebook

So, if you are Spiritual or not, religious or not, lover of country or not, lover of Gospel or not, feel free to visit Rev. Yolanda’s Website, check out the music, the photos, and more.

Thank you for honoring yourselves and all you do with great Love, great Joy and great PRIDE.

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A great photograph of Rev. Yolanda, by Kevin Truong, that I was fortunate to find on “The Gay Men Project” blog.

 

Three Days Until the Grand (Re)Opening of Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room…


In exactly three days, on (this) Friday, October 10, 2014, 11AM, Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room has its Grand (Re)Opening.

I AM excited!  I AM delighted!  And, were it not for the fact that my plans have changed between my last post about this very special event and now, I would also be there to experience it, firsthand.

Nonetheless, please know, that, come hell or high water, I SHALL be there, between now and the end of the year.

There shall be rare books, fine art, and other goodies and goods available at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.

Also, the timing is quite Divine, as it is coincides with Center City, Philadelphia’s “OutFest 2014,” which is the National Coming Out Day Block Party.

You can find out more about “OutFest 2014” by visiting:

 

http://www.phillygaypride.org/

 

Wow!  There is a lot of good stuff happening this weekend!

Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room is located at 345 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107.  The telephone number is 215-923-2960, and their Email address is giovannis_room@verizon.net.

And for those of you that do go to Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, in three days, please feel free to mention this blog, as well as tell me about your experiences there.

In the meantime, before I close, I want to acknowledge my two new blog followers.  They are: “gaysinthelife” and “mikmob.”  Thank you both, for honoring who you are and what you do, as well as for your words, your arts and your PRIDE.

And for those of you already following and reading “This Gay Man’s Life…” thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.PATatGRbanner

“Being the Love…”


Lesbians, my fellow Gay Men, Transgendered folks, Bisexuals, and our straight allies (not to mention an assortment of gender benders, drag queens, drag kings and all kinds of performers, too): lend me your eyes!  I simply do not get tired of paraphrasing Shakespeare in this manner.

It is my pleasure to announce that THE Rev. Yolanda and her “Old Time Gospel Hour-Chapter II: BE THE LOVE,” is returning to The Duplex in Manhattan, NYC one more time, next Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30PM.

Here is a some additional info about this event, in Rev. Yolanda’s own words:

 

“I always look forward to this time of year.  Many faiths and traditions celebrate new years, new beginnings, and the bounties of the harvest during this season.  My husband Rev. Glen and I celebrate the anniversary of our relationship.  We actually met on Thanksgiving Day 2004 and got married on Halloween 2011 in the NYC Halloween Parade.  We tend to celebrate from October clean through to New Year’s Day…lolol…

“Anyway…we are having our 10 anniversary celebration by doing one more live show of Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour Chapter 2: BE THE LOVE at The Duplex on October 15, 6:30pm, $20 cover 2 drink minimum $10 for MAC, OUTVOICE and GAY GUITARIST members.  Just say who you are at the door.  Please make reservations at http://www.yolanda.net or call

The Duplex 212 255 5438.”

 

Although my plans have changed a few times these last few months, this one I AM NOT missing.

Frankly, I have been enjoying Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour for more than a year now, and probably closer to two or three years, and every time has been a joy for me.

To be able to see Rev. Yolanda perform at The Duplex, one last time shall be a great joy for me.

If you are in the NYC area next Wednesday, October 15, 2014 and want to have a great night with great music, great Energy, and lots of “Love, love, love, luuhhh-vvv,” then you know what to do.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the following Web links, too:

 

http://www.yolanda.net/wwwalankaplanphotographycom/

http://www.alankaplanphotography.com/

http://www.yolanda.net/rev_yolanda_the_movie/

 

I have blogged about Rev. Yolanda previously on “This Gay Man’s Life…” but it pales in comparison to the LIVE experience of Rev. Yolanda on stage.

Do this with me, but only if you want to have fun, laugh, be moved to tears and “BE THE LOVE.”

A fabulous image of Rev. Yolanda, taken by the international photography icon Alan Kaplan.  http://www.alankaplanphotography.com
A fabulous image of Rev. Yolanda, taken by the international photography icon Alan Kaplan. http://www.alankaplanphotography.com