Black History Month 2017

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The #GayElderCircle reflects on #RichardBruceNugent for this year’s #BlackHistoryMonth.  He would have not been part of the #HarlemRenaissance if it were not for the efforts of #LangstonHughes.  Poet, Artist, and Playwright Richard Nugent conveyed an honest approach to life.  Same gendered, and inter-racial relationships were on the table in his work for all to see.  The Gay Elder Circle honors Richard Nugent for his contributions to our collective LGBTQ history and is not to be forgotten.

“…his body was all symmetry and music…and Alex called him Beauty…long they lay…blowing smoke and exchanging thoughts…”  – Richard Nugent

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Reflecting On “When A Monster Calls”

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The #GayElderCircle reflects on the film #WhenAMonsterCalls. At first glance this film is a coming of age story of a 10 year old boy. A variation of #WhereTheWildThigsAre with a mature ending. However, in this particular story the “Monster” is a Tree, and this is what is significant.
 
A Tree, how we have forgotten the role Trees have hand throughout civilization. The Tree of Knowledge as it relates to our spiritual self. The Tree of Life as it relates to our mortality. Spiritual leaders have died on trees, and have meditated under trees. They can provide relief from hunger, provide shade, and give themselves up so we can have shelter, beds, boats etc., like “#TheGivingTree” by #ShelSilverstein.
 
Trees, like Owls are full of wisdom. They show us how to reach for the heavens, while remaining firmly rooted. Trees are great leaders, and mentors. Collectively we have forgotten the importance of Trees and how they remind us of our ties to Gaea.
 
Monsters are misunderstood. Human civilizations have created Monsters for generations. They make up the branches and leaves of folklore, and traditions, and provide many opportunities to learn. When a tale has ended, when the light has come on, or the film has ended, it is quite common to discover that we, ourselves are actually the Monster.
 
“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit, with all the life it supports.” – Chief Seattle

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Remembering Stuart Timmons

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It is with heavy hearts the #GayElderCircle learned of the passing of another local Elder. We, who live in, and around Los Angeles are fortunate to be exposed to many #LGBTQ activists, artists, historians, journalists, leaders, writers, and reluctant mentors. #StuartTimmons, local writer, journalist, and sometime activist passed away at 60 years of age.
 
Stuart was well liked in our community. His knowledge of local history was incredible. He once served as the Executive Director for the ONE Archives in Los Angeles.
 
Stuart wrote about Christopher Isherwood, Rudi Gernreich, and Elsa Lanchester as well as Harry Hay, the founder of the modern gay movement. He published in the LA Weekly, The Advocate, Frontiers, Vibe, Spin, and others.
 
Books: The Trouble With Harry Hay, Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, And Lipstick Lesbians,
 
Awards: Lambda Literary Award for Arts & Culture, Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Nonfiction

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In Memoriam: Richard Adams

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The #GayElderCircle was saddened to hear about the passing of a literary luminary, #RichardAdams, who’s first book “#WatershipDown” still rings loudly today as it did when it was published in 1972. A story that still rings true of a home that is soon to be destroyed and the seeking a new place in a world. While not an LGBTQ book, there are LGBTQ analogies throughout. There is one rabbit who would be considered Gay by any standard, and as normal for the 1970’s not a positive role model. Overall the Gay subtext shines through for LGBTQ readers.

“When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.” -Madame de Stael

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In Memoriam: George Michael

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The #GayElderCircle reflects today on the passing of #GeorgeMichael. We raise our collective digital voice, and imagery, to reflect on a man who, through his personal challenges provided lessons for those who knew him and his music. George Michael demonstrated you can embrace a personal challenge, learn from, turn it around into a lesson learned and move on. A man who’s musical styling stayed in touch with his generation, and generations that followed. We say goodbye to George Michael with this colourful send off which embraces the musical legacy he leaves behind.

“Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life by like music. And death a note unsaid”. “#LangstonHughes

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How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals About Male Health and Mortality

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The #GayElderCirlce recently came upon a book of interest: “#HowMenAge: What evolution reveals about male health and mortality” by #RichardBribiescas. Mr. Bribiescas, who is a biological anthropologist, tackles this from an evolutionary perspective. Explaining the role of testosterone in a man’s life, why men’s lives are shorter than women’s, and the evolution of the “Dad Bod”. Men are able to father children their entire lives, while the opposite is true of women. Does this ability to father children later in life transmit some type of associated longevity gene(s) to their children?

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Inspire Spiritual Community: Ask The Elders Panel

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Back Row:  Allen Page, Papa Mike Gallagher, Fred Wilkey,

Front Row:  Freda Lanoix, Kevin Klein, Pat Burrell

 

Today members of the #GayElderCircle participated in a Question and Answer forum at #InspireSpiritualCommunity gathering. A panel of six elders from the local spiritual community. Discussion topics included spiritual direction, Standing Rock, choosing spirituality as a path for faith based leadership, toxic ministry, and fear mongering. A good panel follow by a holiday pot luck. The Gay Elder Circle wishes to thank #RevJesseBruneHoran, and #Inspire for inviting members of the Gay Elder Circle to participate on the panel.

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