Category: LGBTQIA Pride Celebrations

Reflections on Orlando…


Shortly after 2 AM on Sunday, June 12, 2016, a man who was named Omar Mateen unleashed a tirade of bullets in the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida.  As a result, at least according to various news reports, 49 people were killed, and 53 were injured.

Also, several news sources have been referred to this as the “worst mass shooting in American History.”

Since that time, I have felt a great deal of emotions: anger, sadness, despair, frustration, hope, disgust, and more.  In fact, because of these conflicting emotions, and my professional schedule, it has taken me more than two weeks to write this particular blog post.

I felt sucked in to politics, and those that truly know me know that I AM very anti-politics.

However, I felt led to write something in a brand new notebook I purchased at the Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan, NYC.

This is what I wrote on Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:31AM:

 

“I have come to realize that the massacre/blood bath/tragedy at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida is living proof that ‘marriage equality’ is not the cure-all that a lot of my fellow LGBTQIA+ Community members thought it would be.”

 

Indeed.

I was also led to make a YouTube video about my feelings about the attack, which you can watch by clicking on:

 

 

 

 

At this point, it has been more than three weeks since the attack, and in many States in the United States, and many countries around the world, June is the premier LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

Nonetheless, I AM crystal clear that there is more to this story, more to this incident, and more going on, behind the scenes.

Ultimately, now more than ever, anyone who preaches hatred, racism, prejudice, racial profiling, misdirection, incitement, etc., is going to find that their support is being destroyed.

There is no shortage of additional information available regarding this incident.  Which also makes me a bit sad, but I digress.

Now more than ever, ALL the world has seen the price ALL of us pay for bigotry, hatred, prejudice, racial profiling, ignorance, mindlessness, unkindness, insensitivity, indifference, absolutes, blame, “he said/she said/they are,” etc.

I also wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “Senna.”  Thank you for who you are and for what you give the world.

Finally, let me also share the following posts from “BosGuy.”  They are:

 

What LGBTQ hate mail feels like

 

Love Wins: One Orlando brunch fundraiser

I saw this on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and it truly touched my heart. Thank you, Grace Church Van Horst, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
I saw this on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and it truly touched my heart. Thank you, Grace Church Van Vorst, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Here is some additional information about Grace Church Van Horst in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Here is some additional information about Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, New Jersey.
It is amazing to me that people in Perth, Australia held a candlelight vigil for those slain in the targeted massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, United States. For more info about the event, you can visit: http://www.outinperth.com/perth-candlelight-vigil-orlando-wednesday/
It is amazing to me that people in Perth, Australia held a candlelight vigil for those slain in the targeted massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, United States. For more info about the event, you can visit: http://www.outinperth.com/perth-candlelight-vigil-orlando-wednesday/

Pride Celebrations: March, 2015, Part I…


Here is what is happening in the United States of American to celebrate LGBT Pride:

 

Wednesday, March 4-Monday, March 9, 2015–“Winter Party Festival” (South Beach, Miami, Florida)

http://www.winterparty.com/

 

Thursday, March 12-Sunday, March 15, 2015–“Texas Bear Roundup” (Dallas, Texas)

http://tbru.org/

 

Wednesday, March 18-Sunday, March 22, 2015–“Elevation: Mammoth: 13th Annual Mammoth Gay Ski Week” (Mammoth Lakes, California)

http://www.mammothgayski.com/#_

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015–“2nd Annual Manatee Pride” (Bradenton/Manatee, Florida)

http://manateepride.com/

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015–“NYC: The Black Party” (Manhattan, New York City, New York)

http://www.blackpartyexpo.com/

 

Sunday, March 22-Sunday, March 29, 2015–“Los Angeles Leather Pride” (Los Angeles, California)

http://laleatherpride.com/

 

Thursday, March 26-Sunday, March 29, 2015–“Acadiana Pride” (Lafayette, Louisiana)

http://www.acadianapride.org/

 

Thursday, March 26-Sunday, March 29, 2015–“Bears, Bikers & Mayhem 5” (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

http://www.bearsbikersandmayhem.com/event/

 

Friday, March 27-Sunday, March 29, 2015–“Backwoods Bears Grizzly Fest” (Dade City, Florida)

http://backwoodsbears.org/

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015–“Tampa Pride” (Tampa, Florida)

http://www.tampapride.org/

 

Saturday, March 28-Sunday, March 29, 2015–“22nd Annual Pridefest” (Lake Worth, Florida)

http://www.compassglcc.com/pf.html

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015–“Transgender Day of Visibility” (various locations, both nationally and internationally)

http://www.hrc.org/topics/transgender

 

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, Brenda Ann Babinski.  May you receive great insight and great PRIDE from following “This Gay Man’s Life…”

And for those of you already following or reading this blog, thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.

Thank you, and good night.hangingrainbowflagonbuilding

Pride Celebrations: February, 2015, Part II…


And here we go…

 

Monday, February 2-Sunday, February 8, 2015–“Festival des images aux mots” (Festival of Images for Words,” Toulouse, France).  Also, from Wednesday, February 11-Friday, March 6, 2015 in Région Midi-Pyrénées, France.

http://www.des-images-aux-mots.fr/

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015–“Gay Pride March Victoria” (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/

 

Saturday, February 7-Sunday, March 1, 2015–“Auckland Pride” (Auckland, New Zealand)

http://www.aucklandpridefestival.org.nz/auckland-pride-festival/

 

Thursday, February 12-Wednesday, February 18, 2015–“Cologne: Karneval” (Cologne, Germany)

http://www.cologne-tourism.com/whats-on/carnival/dates.html

 

Friday, February 13, 2015–“Teddy Award at the International Film Festival in Berlin (Berlin, Germany)”

http://news.teddyaward.tv/

 

Friday, February 13-Wednesday, February 18, 2015–“Rio De Janeiro: Carnaval” (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

http://www.rio.com/rio-carnival

 

Sunday, February 15, 2015–“Fairday 2015” (Perth, Western Australia, Australia)

http://www.weekendnotes.com/fairday-perth/

 

Sunday, February 15-Sunday, February 22, 2015–“2015 Arno’s Bear Cruise” (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

http://www.bearcruiseusa.com/

PLEASE NOTE: I AM aware that Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States of America.  However, for some strange reason, I sometimes find it easier to list LGBT-related events taking place in or around Puerto Rico in the International LGBT Pride Celebrations posts (which is always a “Part II” post, in the “Pride Celebrations” Series of blog posts).

 

Thursday, February 19-Thursday, March 5, 2015–“22nd Annual Mardi Gras Film Festival: QueerScreen” (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

http://queerscreen.org.au/

Friday, February 20-Saturday, February 28, 2015–“Cape Town Pride” (Cape Town, South Africa)

http://www.capetownpride.org/

 

Friday, February 20-Sunday, March 1, 2015–“Fetish Pride Italy” (Rome, Italy)

http://www.fetishpride.it/

 

Wednesday, February 25-Sunday, March 8, 2015–“Bear Essentials 19: Fifty Shades of Bears” (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

http://www.bearessentials.com.au/

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015–“Carnival: Gran Canaria” (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain)

http://carnavalinternacionaldemaspalomas2015.blogspot.com.es/

 

And there you have it!

May you always have great PRIDE for yourself, for your life, and for your world.rainbowflagvertical

Pride Celebrations: February, 2015, Part I…


Here’s what’s happening in February, 2015, in the United States regarding LGBT Pride Celebrations:

 

Thursday, February 5-Sunday, February 8, 2015–Elevation Tahoe 2015, 1st Annual North Tahoe Gay Ski Week (Tahoe, California)

http://www.tahoegayski.com/about15.html

 

Sunday, February 8-Thursday, February 12, 2015–RSVP 30th Anniversary Cruise (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)

http://www.rsvpcruises.org/RSVP_30th_Anniversary_Cruise.htm

 

Thursday, February 12-Monday, February 16, 2015–International Bear Convergence (IBC) 2015 (Palm Springs, California)

http://www.ibc-ps.com/

 

Friday, February 13-Tuesday, February 17, 2015–Gay Mardi Gras (New Orleans, Louisiana)

http://www.gaymardigras.net/

 

Tuesday, February 17-Sunday, February 22, 2015–OutBoard 2015 (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)

https://outboard.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=335&Itemid=1732

 

Wednesday, February 18-Sunday, March 1, 2015–Bear Camp 2015 (Sawmill Dade City, Florida)

http://www.flsawmill.com/

 

Thursday, February 19-Sunday, February 22, 2015–“L. U. E. Y. Weekend” (Houston, Texas)

http://www.lueyweekend.com/homepage.htm

 

Thursday, February 19-Sunday, February 22, 2015–Elevation Utah 2015 (Park City, Utah)

http://www.utahgayski.com/about15.html

 

Friday, February 20, 2015–OSO Bear Den (North Hollywood, California)

http://www.bulletbarla.com/

 

Sunday, February 22-Sunday, March 1, 2015–Telluride Gay Ski Week (or, TGSW, for short), (Telluride, Colorado)

http://telluridegayskiweek.com/

 

Tuesday, February 24-Sunday, March 1, 2015–Cinekink NYC (Manhattan, NYC, New York)

http://cinekink.com/

 

Thursday, February 26-Sunday, March 1, 2015–North American Bear Weekend (Lexington, Kentucky)

http://mrnabear.com/

 

Well, there you have it!

I AM most thankful for a variety of Websites in assisting me in creating this post.  They include, but are not limited to:

 

Ask.com

Google.com

Gaytravel.about.com

Seasonsofpride.com

Wikipedia.org

 

Thank you for honoring and celebrating who you are and what you do.flowingrainbowflag

Pride Celebrations: January, 2015, Part II…


Yes, indeed-y, the catching up continues!

Here we go…

 

Sunday, January 11-Sunday, January 18, 2015–Arosa GaySkiWeek, Arosa, Graubunden, Switzerland

http://arosa-gayskiweek.com/en/

 

Sunday, January 18-Sunday, February 8, 2015–Midsumma Melbourne 2015, Making Connections (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

https://midsumma.org.au/

 

Thursday, January 29-Sunday, February 1, 2015–Rainbow Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland

http://www.rainbowreykjavik.com/

 

Saturday, January 31, 2015–Rainbow Ball (Vienna, Austria)

http://www.hosiwien.at/regenbogenball/

 

Thursday, January 15-Thursday, January 22, 2015 (Ankara); Friday, January 23-Sunday, January 25, 2015 (Istanbul)–Pembe Hayat Kuirfest (Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey)

http://www.pembehayatkuirfest.org/

 

Thursday, January 29-Saturday, February 7, 2015–Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

http://www.reelout.com/

 

I think that was it.

I certainly spent most of the day looking for additional LGBT Pride Celebrations that took place, internationally, last month, January, 2015.

Nonetheless, thank you, one and all, for being so patient.

“Catching up” seems to be the theme for the rest of my Winter!  Ha!

In the meantime, before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “Gayboy Travels.”  Who knows?  He/they might be helping me with this series of posts!

May you receive great insight and great PRIDE from following “This Gay Man’s Life…”

And for those of you already following or reading “This Gay Man’s Life…” thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.  With honor, with courage, and with PRIDE!

Good night.rainbowstreamers

Pride Celebrations: January, 2015, Part I…


Long before I ever considered having a blog, much less two WordPress Blogs, I have always been fascinated by the fact that there are LGBT Pride Celebrations that occur other than in June, in different states, countries and continents.

Also, the only thing I have found regarding LGBT Pride Celebrations in December, 2014 has been New Year’s Eve Celebrations.  Which is a good thing, however, I wanted to list celebrations that were more exclusive, as opposed to inclusive, but I digress.

Nonetheless, here are some LGBT Pride Celebrations and Events taking place in the United States of America in January, 2015:

 

Sunday, January 11-Sunday-January 18, 2015–“Gay and Lesbian Ski Week,” Aspen, Colorado

http://www.gayskiweek.com

From Friday, January 16, 7PM to Monday-January 19, 2015, 12:30PM–“Bear Your Soul,” Greenwich, New York

http://eastonmountain.org/bys2015/

Also from Friday, January 16-Monday, January 19, 2015”–Mid-Atlantic Leather,” Washington, D. C.

http://www.leatherweekend.com/

 

So far, I have not found any other LGBT Pride or LGBT-oriented Events taking place, next month and year, but check back for updates, that shall be added to this post.

In the meantime, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “steveroseblog.”  Thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.  May you receive great insight and great PRIDE from following “This Gay Man’s Life…”

And to those of you who already follow or read “This Gay Man’s Life…” thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.  I wish you a Divinely Prosperous Holiday Season.  May the Universe help you take your life, your goals, your power, and your PRIDE to the next level.rainbowflagfrombing

NaBloPoMo, Day 2: Pride Celebrations: November, 2014, Part II…


And here are the other places on the Planet that is celebrating LGBT Pride in November, 2014:

 

Saturday, November 8, 2014–“Hong Kong Pride Parade 2014: Stand Up for Diversity,” Hong Kong

http://www.hkpride.net/2014/tc/home.php

Saturday, November 15, 2014–“XXIII Marcha del Orgullo (Spanish for “Pride March) LGBTIQ 2014,” Buenos Aires, Argentina

http://www.marchadelorgullo.org.ar/

Thursday, November 13-Sunday, November 16, 2014–“Somos Milhoes de Vozes (Brazilian Portuguese for “We Are Millions of Voices”), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

http://www.gaypridebrazil.org/rio-de-janeiro/

Friday, November 14-Sunday, November 23, 2014–“Pride Western Austrailia: Perth PrideFEST 2014,” Perth, Australia

http://www.pridewa.com.au/

Saturday, November 15-Sunday, November 30, 2014–“Feast: Adelaide Queer Cultural Festival 2014,” Adelaide, Australia

http://www.feast.org.au/

Saturday, November 22, 2014–“Bengaluru Pride; The Diversity Fair, 2014,” Bengaluru (or, in English, Bangalore), India

https://www.facebook.com/BangalorePride

http://bengalurupride.herokuapp.com/

Thursday, November 27-Sunday, November 30, 2014–“German Bear Pride,” Cologne, Germany

http://www.bearscologne.de/

 

Once again, I AM most thankful to both the Gay Pride Calendar and the Gay Travel at About.com Websites for all their help in creating these blog posts.

Thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.rainbowflaglgbtmovement