2016 was a great year for some, and not so great for others. Regardless, if you are able to read this right now, consider yourself fortunate. As human beings, we all go through our fair share of ups and downs. However, as gay men, we go through a specific set of trials and tribulations that not everyone may be able to directly relate to.
Whether it’s the slim pickings of our dating life or those extreme groups who fight so hard to dim our light, always remember to take a step back and focus on all the things that are going right. For me personally, it’s my family that keeps me going. I was so fortunate to be born into such a wonderful and loving family and they are the reason I am able to make it through another day no matter how bad of a space I’m in.
I watched two more episodes of “Gaycation” last night and it reminded me of how fortunate I am to be living in a country and a generation where people of the LGBT community are finally making progress. Now don’t get me wrong, we still have a long way to go, but I do know that it could be a lot worse if I were living in a place like Jamaica or the Ukraine.
Singer/Actress, Janelle Monae, made a post the other day in response to Kim Burrell’s most recent anti-gay sermon. In a repost from Pharrell Williams, she started off by saying,
“I shouldn’t even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community.”
She then went on to say,
“Actually I’m tired of that label. We all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity.”
This was spot on! Sometimes it feels as though all of these different categories that we are placed into do more harm than good. They separate us from what we all have in common. Why is it that sexuality makes people so uncomfortable? I have a long list of reasons, but that’s a post for another day.
In 2017 I want you all to appreciate all the good in your lives. Challenge yourselves to do this even on your darkest days. I’ll be taking this challenge alongside you all.
Question: What gets you through your toughest days?
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