A February Frolic...
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Yesterday was a very mild day here, considering it's the beginning of February. After school, I drove to a local waterfront park/nature preserve located in the middle of the city. I hiked a trail, far enough to be out of range of any person on a casual stroll, stuffed my sweatpants, sweater and shirt into my backpack, and proceeded to the river's edge wearing only my boots and socks. It felt invigorating and wonderful to be bare in a barren landscape after so many months of winter.

I was amazed when I reached the river. The height of the water-level is awesome due to the melting snow drifting down from the mountains more than 120 miles away. The spot where I could wade across back in the summer was now higher than waist-deep. No, I had enough wits about me than to even entertain the thought of attempting a crossing. I was in the mood for a nude hike, not an aquatic struggle!

Too soon, it seemed, the sun started to set and the temperatures began to drop. I was able to hike naked almost back to my car before having to get dressed and return to the textile world.

The afternoon was a pleasant respite from the drudgery of winter clothing!

Naked hugs.
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Too Little Snow...
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A Thought...
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Shaq At The Urinals...
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A Gay Bible
Nick
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Yesterday, a friend sent me a link to Amazon.com that was an ad for a new Bible recently published, The Queen James Bible. Based on the original King James Version of the Bible, this edition has revised verses from the KJV that are construed by homophobes as proving that same gender love is sinful. The questionable passages specifically cited in the Bible's online description as updated in the QJV are Genesis 19:5, Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 in the Old Testament, and Romans 1:26, Romans 1:27, I Corinthians 6:9, I Corinthians 6:10, I Timothy 1:10, and Jude 1:7 in the New Testament.

According to the Amazon.com review, "You can't choose your sexuality, but you can choose Jesus. Now, you can choose a Bible, too." The QJV "seeks to resolve interpretive ambiguity in the Bible as it pertains to homosexuality. We edited those verses in a way that makes homophobic interpretation impossible."

Upon reading this, my curiosity and interest was ignited. Then, the proverbial light bulb went off in my mind and I began to think about spending $34.95 for a paperback copy of the QJV. First, the people that need to read it, the homophobes and religious bigots, never will. Second, the edition is useless to me, personally and spiritually. The Armenian Apostolic Church, my faith community, uses the same Bible as the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox Christians. Neither the KJV nor the QJV are of any value to me.

The selection of the name of this edition of the Bible is an interesting one and again, attributable to King James I of Great Britain. He initially commissioned the version that bears his title and name in order for his subjects to have a book that they can read and understand. The Queen James Bible is also named in his honor. Even though he married and fathered children, he was famous for his numerous gay relationships. Behind his royal back, his Court referred to him as Queen James.

I think I'll wait until the Queen James Bible goes on sale and then revisit the issue of ordering a copy.

Naked hugs,
Nick

Gay Social Nudists
Nick
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Armenian Incest
Nick
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It's a Friday night, my boyfriend and I are sitting in front of the television watching some unknown show on the USA Network and wrapping holiday gifts. This upcoming Sunday is Armenian Christmas. I'm Armenian; both of my parents were born in Jerusalem, Palestine and immigrated here after the division of that mandate into Israel and Jordan. The Armenian Apostolic Church follows the Julian Calendar which results in a later date for our holiday.

We have to finish wrapping the presents tonight. Tomorrow morning, we have to drive the thirty minutes to my parents' home to spend the night and observe the feast day with my entire family (Mom, Pop and all my five siblings and their families). The entire tribe compactly packed into a four bedroom home. The folks insist on this custom every year. All of us under one roof. "The family that is squeezed together stays together."

So my sisters (three of them), their spouses and children each are allotted one bedroom per sister. My parents get their bedroom. My youngest brother, his wife and sons take the den/study. My oldest brother, who's also gay, and his partner along with my BF and I split the living room and the family room. On the surface, that's no big deal. After all, not too many are fortunate in having a family that is welcoming, supportive and embracing of gay relationships. Count my blessings, right?

Except for one minor detail. My brother's partner and mine are supposed to share the living room. My brother and I get the family room. According to my father, my nieces and nephews are too young and impressionable to have to deal with gay relationships at their young age. The oldest is twelve and the youngest is four. Ignorance is bliss, right? Mom just rolls her eyes and shakes her head.

What about the fact that my BF and my brother's are being housed together? Extramarital potential right under the nose of my twelve year old (puberty) nephew. Then there's the issue of incest. My brother and I sharing the same pull-out couch-bed thing. Proving once again that father knows best. Loving, yes. Just not the brightest Armenian in the church pew.

Leave it to Mom to resolve the potential for marital discord with her gay sons. After Pop goes upstairs, the rightful men sleep with their rightful partners. Everyone is aware of this modification of Pop's will, the offspring of my siblings included. Everyone, that is, except Pop. Ignorance is bliss, right?

Not a creature was stirring, not even spousal infidelity.

Naked hugs,
Nick

Equality Struggle
Nick
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I try to stay abreast of developments that affect me directly. Somehow, I missed the boat completely regarding the organization and activism of this new equal rights movement launched in response to the marriage inequality rampant in the New South. I can only surmise that my volunteer efforts for the re-election of President Obama and the recent winter holidays obscured my vision.

This group, Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), is fighting against marriage discrimination and oppression in the ten states located in the southeastern USA that ban same gender marriages in their respective state constitutions. My home state, Virginia, is one of those practicing exclusion and thereby fostering marginalization of its' very own citizens. The CSE motto is: "Every day that we live with injustice is one day too long."

CSE is currently touring through the south to raise awareness of this oppression. This action is part of their "We Do" initiative. The tour culminates on January 17, 2013, with couples being denied marriage licenses in Arlington, Virginia. From there, they will march across the Memorial Bridge into Washington, DC, rallying at the Jefferson Memorial. At that time, the unions will be blessed in compliance with the laws of the District of Columbia.

For information, visit http://www.southernequality.org.

I guess I need to start paying closer attention to the world in my own backyard. It does make me proud that, finally, we gay men who live in the South are now stepping up and fighting for our rights. For too many years, southern gays remained sequestered in the comfort of their individual closets of shame and permitted bigotry and hatred to abound unchallenged.

Naked hugs.
Nick

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