Michael and I took a stroll on the streets of downtown Salt Lake on Friday night as we often do. And as we often do, we hold hands.
We approached the intersection of 300 South and State Street where we waited for the light to change. While waiting for a green light a young blonde woman and a man about her age approached the corner of the street, also hand in hand. We waited for the light to change then proceeded to cross.
Half way across the street a car turned and a deep, masculine voice from the car yelled out “Fucking faggots!!” and sped north on State Street. Ever so politely, I waved at the car as the cowardly driver drove off in anonymity. Continue reading →
I recently did an interview on Gay.ru. A reporter from the site contacted me and was curious about my connection to Russia and my thoughts about the current situation in Russia regarding the inhumane laws and treatment of LGBT Russians. My connection to Russia is through a homophobic American religion who sent me to the country when I was a deeply closeted young man. I spent 2 and a half years in Russia, speak Russian and have a special place in my heart for Russia.
You can read the interview in Russian here.
For those who don’t speak Russian or want to put it through an online, translator, the text of my interview is below in English. Continue reading →
According to some “therapists” (i.e. not therapists) in this country, the following dialogue is an appropriate and common exchange between heterosexual males:
“Hey bro! Get me another beer!”
“No problem, man. Hey, how about after the game we get naked and cuddle each other?”
“Hell yeah! That’s the best way to express my hetronormative sexuality! Then I’ll go home and bang my girlfriend!”
If this logic sounds unbelievably stupid, that is because it is. Even so, there are many organizations who consider these ridiculous ideas legitimate actions to help a person rid himself of unwanted homosexual feelings.
This is but a small part of a warped idea called “conversion therapy”, an unregulated, fradulent practice that has gone on for decades and cost people thousands of dollars, countless hours of life and unnecessary trama. This country is about to get an important education in this infuriating, fraudulent ”therapy.” And I find myself very near the center of it. Continue reading →
The GRE is only a week away so Boy Meets Blog is still on pause BUT there is an event coming up in Salt Lake that I think people should know about.
Issues affecting LGBTQ youth in Utah is a big deal, especially when you consider the numbers. “When LGBTQ youths were asked if they’re verbally harassed, 69% of respondents in a recent survey said yes in Utah compared to 53% nationwide. When asked if they’re physically assaulted, 27% said yes in Utah compared to 17% nationwide. About 65% of Utah teens said their state government is not LGBTQ accepting and 74% said churches in their community aren’t either. The teen homeless population here is hugely disproportionately LGBTQ. And, the often-cited official/unofficial estimate on LGBTQ suicide attempts in Utah is about one per week.”
There’s one word for that: Unacceptable.
To facilitate a dialogue about LGBTQ issues in Utah and to help raise money for the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake, the creators of the critically acclaimed (seriously, check out these reviews) online TV show Husbands, Brad Bell and Sean Hemeon, will be in Salt Lake at the Rose Wagner Theater downtown on November 11th . It’s comedy for a cause! They will be joined by writer Jane Espenson, representatives from national LGBTQ organizations, and Associate Professor of Psychology David Huebner. University of Utah Professor Anne Jamison will moderate the discussion. Continue reading →
I got an email from Equality Utah and wanted to share. There was a big brouhaha over the local NBC affiliates decision not to pick up a new NBC sitcom, “The New Normal.”
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