Month: August 2018

FlameCon 2018


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.

This is the reason why:

 

 

https://thisgaymanslife.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/bear-your-soul-summer-camp-august-2018/

 

 

In any event, if you have the opportunity to attend FlameCon this year, or next year, I cannot over-recommend attending.

You can obtain additional information about FlameCon by visiting their Website:

 

 

https://www.flamecon.org/

 

 

You can also visit the Geeks Out Website and YouTube Channel:

 

 

https://www.geeksout.org/

https://www.youtube.com/user/GeeksOUT

 

 

I recorded a video about this year’s FlameCon, in which I AM wearing the t-shirt for FlameCon 2017; I rarely wear printed t-shirts, but this one is my personal favorite!

Anyway, here is the video:

 

 

 

 

Remember you are beautiful, you are powerful, and you are sacred.

And good night!

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“Bear Your Soul: Summer Camp,” August, 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:

For Freddy Freeman and Bear Your Soul:

https://www.bearyoursoul.org/

https://www.instagram.com/acousticub/ (Instagram; “Bear Your Soul” has no Instagram account, at this time)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__Wb0oOUaWJu-mw8pZK_uA (The “Bear Your Soul” YouTube Channel)

https://www.facebook.com/FreddyGoldenheartFreeman

https://www.facebook.com/bearyoursoulorg/

For Easton Mountain:

https://www.instagram.com/eastonmountain/

https://www.facebook.com/eastonmountain/

 

 

Finally, here is the YouTube video I recorded about “Bear Your Soul,” and specifically, for my upcoming participation in “Bear Your Soul” Summer Camp:”

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of you who follow this, my personal, LGBTQIA+ oriented WordPress Blog, “This Gay Man’s Life…” and/or my professional, Metphysically-oriented WordPress Blog, “This Is Who I AM.”

Always radiate your Light, no matter what, for the world is much in need of it.  And may your Light bring you and others Deep and Powerful Healing.

Image courtesy of the Easton Mountain Website.