Soon after Alan came out at a local gay bar he met his partner, Matthew. Alan had done little or no dating before Matthew. Being with Matthew was fun and exciting at first, but after the second year Alan felt unhappy because their relationship was in a rut. Alan wanted to integrate his life more closely with Matthew’s—he wanted the two of them to live together.
Up until the age of 46, I had gone through my entire life feeling blue, never feeling quite right. I was missing a dimension, a dimension of joy. I don’t remember ever experiencing real happiness until I was successfully in recovery from alcoholism. By then, I was already in my mid-forties. My life had looked all right, but my quality of life was severely compromised by my low-grade blue moods.
If a basically heterosexual boy is molested by a male relative, he may keep "returning to the scene of the crime" to defuse and desensitize his emotional pain. When his original trauma gets cleared up, the "homosexual" behavior he's re-enacting ceases. This isn’t about gayness; it is about sexual abuse.
But it isn't just sex education that's affected. Look at last year's California Association of Teachers of English Conference. One workshop was entitled "Reading and Writing Beyond the Closet: LGBTQ Inclusion in the English Classroom". (For those new to the acronyms it is Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans-gendered, and Questioning). The 2009 conference has a whole strand on the topic.
Every family has its own culture and philosophy and everyone growing up within that family is subtly (or sometimes not so subtly) brainwashed to some degree by that family philosophy. If you reject that philosophy and choose to walk a different path then you are likely to be considered, by your family, to be a bit weird.
Complete the simple, yet paradoxically difficult, task of life — let go of ego, dissolve the illusion. You have a will for this purpose — it's your desire to change. You have a wellspring of strength, from a source you cannot see but know is real. You have the courage to proceed one step at a time. With surety you will arrive with the wise — recognizing your true self — one with the divine.
In addition, Gaga has made it a focus to educate young women about the risks of AIDS and HIV. In collaboration with MAC Cosmetics and Cindi Lauper, a Viva Glam lipstick line was launched to help the HIV and AIDS awareness cause. All net proceeds from the campaign were donated to prevent AIDS and HIV worldwide.