I have no formal education in the fields of psychiatry or psychology – this essay is merely an exploration of my own experiences as a person with mental illness. A person who sprained their ankle
In a recent interview, James Martin, S.J., clearly implied (by repeating gay-advocacy talking-points) that language in “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” directly contributes to the high level of teen suicides among LGBT young people. [Interviewer] Well
Above: Hugh Steers, "Breathing" (1987). There exists today a massive crisis within the “gay” community that is a direct result of the intense trauma, particularly in “gay” men, experienced during the height of AIDS epidemic.
Once I looked into the hole of hell. It was opened wide as if by a massive speculum. And what I saw inside was beautiful. Then, only for a mere second, I could see everything.
(Above: “The Prodigal Son” by Nikolay Losev, late-19th Century.) "The Holy Spirit is not an artist who draws the divine substance in us, as though he were alien to it. It is not in this
(Above: Detail from "The Shower After the Battle" by Alexandre Alexandrovitch Deineka, 1944.) For some “gay” men, one of the most traumatic memories of high-school is the embarrassing and uncomfortable experience of gym class and
Although the number of HIV infections among “gay” men in San Francisco have decreased, there are also disturbing and dramatic increases in sexual transmitted infections including rectal gonorrhea and syphilis. The drop in HIV infections
For the first time in its long history, the 2013 and 2014 National Health Interview Survey included a question on sexual orientation, providing health information on sexual minorities from one of the nation’s leading health
A new study of “gay” men who recently relocated to New York City, from both outside the country and within the US, revealed that: “Participants described encountering an abundance of sexual opportunity in New York
St. Alexius of Rome lived from about 410-460 AD; this period was at the heart of cultural, social, and political collapse in the already waning Roman Empire; during this period, as a whole, Rome was
(Pictured above: Comunidad's Marie Cartier at the Hollywood Cemetery.) In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish in Long Beach, is headquartered an outreach to lesbian and gay Catholics, called Comunidad. A
Recently, the actor, model, and teen-idol Colton Haynes, most famous for appearing in the hit TV shows “Teen Wolf” and “Arrow,” came-out as “gay.” Born in Kansas in 1988, Haynes and his family relocated to
“And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.” (John 8:11) “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within
As with all sorts of obsessive compulsions and addictions, there is a constant descent into a numbing world of pervasive boredom and dissatisfaction. Saint John of the Cross understood this phenomenon as stemming from a
The LGBTQ community at the Catholic University of San Diego will sponsor “PRIDE’s Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar V” on April 14, 2016. The “drag show” is described by the organizers as an:
A recent Canadian study published in the “American Journal of Public Health” come from more than 220,000 Canadians who participated in the Canadian Community Health Survey between 2007 and 2012. The study found that gay
The Accepted Centrality of the Father-Son Conflict in Star Wars and Star Trek; and, its negation in male homosexuality.
“For years, psychology and psychiatry have bandied around theories that homosexuality is caused by parental personality types -- the dominant female, the weak male -- or by the absence of same-gender role models. Those theories
The HIV disease burden, relative to the size of the “gay” male population, is of tremendous magnitude. “Compared to other men and women, for the two HIV disease metrics, MSM rates were 38 to 75
“I love dad/son role play and working with a great therapist came to be able to listen to my own internal compass and dismiss outside judgment. I am most comfortable with younger men. There is
(Pictured above: self-portraits by "gay" child abuse survivor Francis Bacon.) St. John Paul II once said: “…the Gospel speaks clearly. Christ not only took pity on the sick and healed many of them, restoring health
“Couples that play together stay together:” My moments of “monogamy” as a gay man and the impossibility of a world without women.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, my first real “gay” relationship was also my first foray into homosexual “monogamy.” Then, I wasn’t consciously looking for anything long term, but because I was a so lonely,
According to the CDC, across the full decade examined (2005-2014), the annual number of HIV diagnoses in the United States declined by 19%. This decrease was most marked by steep declines among heterosexuals (35%) and
“…the assumption that monogamy is the foundation to a successful relationship is far from universal among gay and bisexual men, and may in fact be a minority opinion.” A large survey of 4215 gay and
(Pictured - Left to Right: Fathers Dan McCarthy, Bernárd Lynch, John J. McNeill, and Robert Carter marching with Dignity/New York in an early 1980s “Gay” Pride Parade.) In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association made the
The common denominator among all “gay” men is a childhood usually filled with some sort of alienation, inadequacy, pain, neglect, and or abuse. A number of them have experienced all of these emotions, others just
In 1999, I took my last drive out of San Francisco as a “gay” man. After a particularly hard night of sex and partying, I was vomiting up blood and thought I was near death.