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FlameCon2019 Starts Tomorrow!!!


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:

 

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

 

Just like last year, this year’s FlameCon is being held at the Sheraton Times Square, located West 53rd Street and 7th Avenue in the Midtown section of Manhattan, NYC.

The image attached to this blog post is that of the floor map.  The image is courtesy of both GEEKS OUT and FlameCon.

Before I close, here is a short test video (I rarely, if ever, use my smartphone to record videos to upload to my YouTube Channel, so I needed my awesome audio-visual person to help me).

 

 

 

 

May the Universe bring you great Joy, great amounts of Riches, and great PRIDE (along with great geekiness, nerdiness, and queerness, too).

Image from FlameCon/Geeks Out, via Google Images.

Less Than Three Weeks to FlameCon 2019


I began writing this blog post on Sunday, July 28, and completed writing it on Saturday, August 3, 2019, exactly two weeks before the first day of FlameCon 2019.

This year, I have the honor and pleasure of returning to attend FlameCon, the premier LGBTQ, or, rather, LGBTQIAPlus comic con!

As you may recall, the last time I attended FlameCon was back in 2017, when it was still being held in the Borough of Brooklyn, NYC.

However, after the 2018 FlameCon, it grew so big, that the powers-that-be at FlameCon needed to use a larger venue, so they went from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Ironically, their first year in Manhattan, I had a previous engagement: namely, “Bear Your Soul: Summer Camp,” in August, 2018.

More than anything else, I AM looking forward to the panel discussions, and I must admit, looking forward to staying in the host hotel; it almost feels like a mini-vacation to me!

However, I AM looking forward to doing some quick videos about my experiences at FlameCon for my YouTube Channel.  You can visit:

 

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

 

For more info about “Bear Your Soul: you can visit:

 

https://www.bearyoursoul.org/

 

You can also visit the Bear Your Soul YouTube Channel:

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__Wb0oOUaWJu-mw8pZK_uA

 

You can also visit the following blog post:

 

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

 

To buy your tickets and for more info on FlameCon 2019, you can visit:

 

Home

 

I AM going to keep this post short and sweet.

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.

The logo for FlameCon2019

FlameCon2, Part II…


Exactly seven days ago, on Sunday, August 28, 2016, I had the honor and pleasure of attending the second and final day of FlameCon2, which was the second annual Queer Comic Con.

You can read my blog post about the very first FlameCon by visiting:

 

 

https://thisgaymanslife.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/flamecon/

 

 

And so, I was on my way to Manhattan, to go to Brooklyn.  Specifically, the New York Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge.  In the meantime, in spite of being a fanatic for punctuality, I was late.  Well, I did not need to be there at a certain time, per se, but the hours for the last day were from 11:30AM-4PM, so it was not like I was going to be there for several hours.

Last Saturday night, I began chatting with someone on the Growlr app, and he told me that THE Chris Claremont was going to be part of a panel discussion entitled “PRIDE and the X-Men,” and when I had learned that he wrote Uncanny X-Men for seventeen years, I knew that was a panel discussion to attend.

And I would have, except that I arrived after 2PM (did I mention the panel discussion was from 2-3PM?), and by the time I arrived, the room was closed.

Actually, I do not recall the exact phrasing the volunteer used, but she said that I would be unable to enter; I eventually learned that any additional people in Room B might be a safety hazard.  Now, that I can certainly understand, especially as someone who used to work in supermarkets.

It certainly gave me the opportunity to catch my breath, wipe the sweat from my forehead, and have a light breakfast and certainly sitting down!

After catching my breath, eating, and relaxing, I looked at the Thomson Reuters Convene app, that FlameCon/GeeksOUT! recommended downloading on one’s smartphone (which was a very good recommendation, by the way), and saw a great panel discussion entitled “Agism in the Geekosphere & Fandoms That Span Generations.”

 

 

App

 

 

Little did I realize that attending this panel discussion would make the entire con for me!  And I cannot deny, I LOVED the fact that I was first in line to attend this particular panel discussion.

Originally, the panelists consisted of:

 

 

Mags Visaggio

https://www.tumblr.com/search/mags%20visaggio

Laura Antoniou

http://lantoniou.com/

Nayland Blake

Matthew Waterhouse

http://www.matthewwaterhouse.com/

Cecilia Tan

http://www.ceciliatan.com/

 

 

However, Nayland Blake announced early on that Mags Visaggio had an emergency and was unable to be a part of the panel discussion, as originally scheduled.  I must confess, I have not followed up to see if she is OK, but I hope and pray that she is OK.

In the meantime, as much as I enjoyed all the panelists, it was listening to THE Laura Antoniou talk about her growing up, sharing her anecdotes, and her treasures of old ‘zines and scripts that touched my heart and moved me to tears.  What she shared moved me to feeling nostalgic, in spite of the fact that the experiences she shared when she was younger were not experiences that I had experienced when I was younger, but they touched my heart, all the same.

Every panelist, from Nayland Blake, to Laura Antoniou, to Matthew Waterhouse, to THE Cecilia Tan, were a joy.  Truly, I received more than double my money’s worth with that one panel discussion.  I was also happy to discover that all the attendees of this panel discussion received a ten per cent discount on any purchase at the Circlet Press table.  Circlet Press, “Erotica for Geeks” was founded by THE Cecilia Tan.

I must acknowledge that, although I took notes during this panel discussion, as well, I have not looked at them.  Then again, my penmanship when I participate in panel discussions and workshops seems akin to Ancient Sumerian, these days!

I was truly very happy and floating on a cloud peace and light-heartedness after attending this particular panel discussion, and was looking forward to going to the Circlet Press table, and as I was about to leave said table, I had the opportunity to meet and speak personally with THE Laura Antoniou!

Once I finish up some of the books that I AM reading (as well as rereading), I shall begin reading her novel, The Killer Wore Leather.  Yes, I AM very excited to read it.  It has been a while since I have read some good LGBT books; of course, I only read good or very good LGBT books, but I digress!

In closing, here is a video that I made and uploaded a few moments ago, where I show off the programme for FlameCon2:

 

 

 

 

 

And I love how in the background you can see THE Terry Blas’s venerated vision of Buffy Summers, and yes, she DOES fight like a girl!

You can also view the Facebook Event page by visiting:

https://www.facebook.com/events/315671141941358/

Also, you can learn more about FlameCon by visiting their Website:

Home

And you can learn more about GeeksOUT! by visiting their Website:

http://geeksout.org/

Thank you, FlameCon.  Thank you, GeeksOUT!  And good night!

 

 

Changing the World, via #DeadSilentProtest…


In this WordPress Blog, “This Gay Man’s Life…” I have written posts about the world changing, and recently wrote a post as to whether or not the world is actually changing (SEE:

Nonetheless, there is a way the world can change, and a way that we as members of the LGBTQIA+ Community, and our straight allies, can help the world change: #DeadSilentProtest

For one day, this Saturday, July 16, 2016, #DeadSilentProtest everyone is encouraged to refrain from engaging in social media.

You can learn more by visiting:

 

 

http://allevents.in/events/dead-silent-protest/588984011279383

 

 

In the meantime, here is my social media breakdown:

 

Facebook: Tomorrow, Friday, July 15, 2016, at 11:50PM, I shall deactivate my Facebook page; I shall reactivate it sometime between 1AM-12PM, Sunday, July 17, 2016;

Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat: if I can figure out how to temporarily deactivate those social media, I shall do so.  If not, then I shall simply refrain from using them this Saturday;

Instagram, Swarm: Truth be told, I uninstalled those apps from my smartphone about two months ago.  I have not missed them, and feel OK about it.  I felt led to reclaim some mystery when out and about (no pun intended);

YouTube: I shall not use YouTube at all this Saturday, July 16, 2016, during #DeadSilentProtest

WordPress: I shall not use WordPress at all this Saturday, July 16, 2016, during #DeadSilentProtest

 

I shall spend the day engaging in some of my personal favorite Spiritual Practices: Prayer, Meditation, Visualization, Journal Writing.  In addition, I shall catch up on some household tasks.  And reading books, too.

It is ironic; so many of us in the LGBTQIA+ Community are encouraged to make our voices heard, and our presences felt.  However, for #DeadSilentProtest, the opposite shall have the most impact.

We are strong.  We are powerful.  We are beautiful.  And we are LOVED.

Perhaps not by everybody, but by more than enough.

You can also watch the YouTube video I created about #DeadSilentProtest by visiting:

Thank you for all you are, and all you do.  And for honoring your Beauty, your Power, your Sacredness, your deserving of Love.DeadSilentProtestBird

 

Let me know if you are doing this, too, or if you are not, and why.

Your comments are strongly encouraged.

Thank you, and many Blessings.

 

Back at the Mountain, Part I…


Good morning, my fellow LGBT

people, and our straight allies, and a Happy Thursday to all of you!

Right now, I AM on the patio at Rainbow Mountain Resort, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, basking in having the patio all to myself.  A little while ago, I saw the sexy pool cleaner getting the pool ready for tomorrow, as well as the weekend’s Memorial Day festivities.

My vacation has been lovely, thus far.  In fact, last night, was “couples night!”  My life partner and I visited one of my clients, and her wife, and we had a lovely dinner that my client cooked.  It was wonderful; which having sampled her cooking in the past, was fantastic.

It felt good to spend time with another couple, for a change of pace.  Altogether, it was  a Lesbian couple, a Gay Male couple, the daughter of the Lesbian couple, a dog, and several cats, not to mention inchworms, trees, rocks, birds, spiders, and plenty of Celestial Beings.  (after all, the Lesbians, their daughter, my life partner and I are also Witches, so plenty of Magick was in attendance, as well).

Today is going to be a fun-filled day, and my life partner and I certainly want to enjoy the rest of the day, and having the place all to ourselves, although some other guests have already begun arriving.  The Mountain’s “Cherry House” has been occupied for the past two days or so.

For those of you who have yet to have the Rainbow Mountain Experience, I cannot over-recommend it.  This is my fifth time, my life partner’s second time, and our first time here for a week.

For more info, you can visit:

 

 

http://rainbowmountain.com/

 

 

In the meantime, you can watch this video that I recorded to accompany this particular blog post.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Not all Russians are created equal…


Perhaps I AM a tad late to the party, but I recently had the opportunity to begin going through older, as well as old Emails.

In doing so, I found this in a message from one of the YahooGroups of which I AM a member.

Now, let me begin by saying that this is a video of a Russian anchor woman’s reaction to the death of Fred Phelps.

I consider myself a nice man, but I also know myself to be very honest.

Am I sad that a homophobic, bigoted man who used religion to hurt others is dead?  No.  Am I glad that he is receiving a very distinct tongue-lashing from a very pissed off Goddess?  Hell, no!

And so, with that, I include the link.  Here it is:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRmbrCsrffc

 

Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, Transgendered people, those that are Questioning (and Queer) and our straight allies, please let me reassure you that I AM NOT one to make fun of anyone’s death, for any reason.

However, I AM very well-acquainted with the concept and the reality that “Laughter is the best medicine.”  And this Russian anchor woman’s health looks like it shall remain strong for a long time after this video!

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog followers.  They are: “Nate Ollie” and “ColombianCuties.”  May both of you receive great Healing and great PRIDE from following “This Gay Man’s Life…”

And for those of you already following or reading my blog, thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.  May today be filled with Divine Love, Divine Light, Divine Prosperity, Divine Peace and Divine Healing for you and your tribes.Phelps