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Out to Build Bridges

This is a GSRM (Gender Sexual Romantic Minorities or LGBTQ+) group.  But And straight men and cis-men are encouraged to join as well.

However, unlike the already established AoM group "Gay and Bisexual Men", this group is wide open, no privacy settings enabled.  

The overall purpose of the group is to encourage conversations between the straight and non-straight communities.  This already happens in AoM, but it is scattered.  And it can't happen in the private "Gay and Bisexual Men" group.

Debate is expected, but this is for building up bridges not tearing down people.

Main rule: don't be a jerk.

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So what is the point of all this?

Started by Ian Wilson. Last reply by Satanist Dan Oct 2. 122 Replies

(when discussions flourish in the group comment sections, things get hard to follow.  so i am "moving" it here.)WBP:Off topic but how is this group working out? Interesting someone like Jack Bauer…Continue

Bisexuality

Started by Ian Wilson. Last reply by David Johns Sep 25. 2 Replies

just going to throw this out there...this is not specifically directed at any comment, but i wanting to speak against some common myths that irk me when i hear them.for a bisexual, bisexuality is not…Continue

Lifestyles

Started by David Johns. Last reply by Ian Wilson Sep 17. 1 Reply

Whenever I can after hearing persons talk about the "gay lifestyle," I share my take on the "straight lifestyle": When talking about the "straight lifestyle," who are you talking about, Hugh Hefner…Continue

Expositions: Letting Others Know About Your Orientation

Started by Milo Morris. Last reply by Walter B. Pewen Aug 3. 3 Replies

I started this thread so that sexual minorities here at AoM have a place to discuss coming out. From what I have experienced, there are as many different ways to make a disclosure about one's sexual…Continue

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Comment by Walter B. Pewen on September 15, 2014 at 11:52pm

See if I get this right-you don't yourself identify with any of the listed sexual minorities but you set up this group for dialog? Possibly you have an intellectual interest in the topic? These are people's LIVES you're discussing and potentially protecting.  If war bugs you so much you may be on the wrong tangent hee.

Comment by Walter B. Pewen on September 15, 2014 at 11:35pm

Ian, he used do exactly that on the topic all the time. I suppose he's changed his stripes for whatever reason.  If you think his religious beliefs (unless he's changed them) aren't the seeds of war I've a great bridge to sell you when you come out here to California.

Comment by Ian Wilson on September 15, 2014 at 11:31pm

Walter, if you can so easily dismiss and invalidate someone, then they can easily return the favor.  and that is not dialog, those are the seeds of war.

Comment by Walter B. Pewen on September 15, 2014 at 11:26pm

Well Jack always wanted to denounce homosexuality on principle by saying the act was wrong in "god's eyes." I guess that's dialog.  Why is it necessary to explain to people who condemn you that you even exist?  Hell, I'm from the gay movement of the 70's and people like Jack do nothing to further dialog, they just repeat their scripture/mantra until they wear people out.  If you are that intellectualized about the topic you may find that nobody's really listening.  I became interested young because it affected my and others daily life and I wanted to broaden understanding when people are actually listening. I don't have to get shit on to do that.

Comment by Ian Wilson on September 15, 2014 at 10:55pm

Walter, Jack is welcome here.  this is not a group for people to agree.  that would be pointless and boring.  but this group is not field to wage battle on.  the point of the group is for folks to learn how and to practice having dialog across those LGBT and related issues that divide society.

Comment by Walter B. Pewen on September 15, 2014 at 10:22pm

Off topic but how is this group working out?  Interesting someone like Jack Bauer would join-with his beliefs that homosexual acts are wrong. Very strange to me.

Comment by Edward Longshanks on September 15, 2014 at 10:18pm
I no longer declare myself bi, I realize now that I am in fact homosexual. I had to come out to my best friend after he caught me
Comment by Walter B. Pewen on September 15, 2014 at 10:12pm

Bisexuality was kind of hip in the 70's in the urban centers like LA, where I'm from. It was OK to declare yourself bi and was often where people started their coming out process.  I real quickly found it B.S. for myself.  Came out as young, gay and masculine and I've never felt anything but.

Comment by Edward Longshanks on September 15, 2014 at 9:37pm
I used to consider myself bisexual, once told a friend that, but in recent years I started accepting the truth
Comment by Milo Morris on September 15, 2014 at 8:41pm

Good work, Ian!! I think anything that explores and clarifies bisexuality is important. I could have used some of this clarity when I was a teenager, as I mistakenly thought myself bisexual. I probably won't be able to read this until open enrollment for Medicare is over as I will be very busy. I'm particularly interested in the chapter titled "Ocean’s  of  Love  Letter: Is  One  Black  Man  Loving  Another  Man  the  Revolutionary  Act  of  the  Twenty-First Century?"

 

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