The Work of Togetherness is the first thoughtful video series and one of many I hope to release. They are reflections, ponderings, and a pouring out of my own heart and mind. May each viewer receive these videos as ideas to chew on and discuss with others. My ultimate hope is that these videos are conversations starters for gay men. An opening for us to discuss more thoughtfully with one another.
Part 1: Drawn to Togetherness: Community is a word often thrown around carelessly among gay men and the larger LGBTQ community. At the end of the day, what I hear from people is that they desire togetherness. I know that’s something I desire. That warm sense of welcome, hospitality, and compassion with my gay brothers. Togetherness is an act. It’s action. It’s doing. It’s work. It’s about creating the community we want to see rather than just expecting it to happen on its own. Enjoy!
Part 2: Listening To One Another’s Stories: Let’s face it. You have a story. I have a story. When you put together all of the moments of our lives, we can see how and why we think the way we do. Specific encounters and conversations shaped who we are today. In the Work of Togetherness, it’s so important for we as gay men to listen to one another’s stories. There are too many instances when we don’t actually hear what our gay brothers are saying. This is especially present when listening to our gay brothers who have face discrimination at the hands of other gay men. My hope is that we may let our defensiveness down and begin to listen with open hearts. That in listening, we can learn to stand with our gay brothers, day in and day out.