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salvatoreSexuality, Spirituality, and Religion.
Making them all work together when you're gay!

Do you really have to choose between your God and your inner spirit? Some say yes, others say no. Then there are those who say, let's see what happens if you try to make it work. But how?

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In reality, sexuality, spirituality, and a relationship with your creator should be a personal journey. So how did we as a human race get so off track? Is it organized religions' fault or is it misinterpretations of the Holy Bible that cause the strife between being truly who you are and staying in the good graces of your maker.

This week on The Coming Out Lounge were bringing back one of our favorite guests, Salavatore Sapienza, to help up understand at a deeper level, just what can this relationship between homosexuality and spirituality look like when it is deconstructed to it's raw essence.

• Can spirit and sexuality coexist?
• Are the threats of damnation reality or fiction?
• Do you argue your case or state it and leave it alone?

Thought provoking, controversial, and always on the forefront of any discussion around homosexuality, we will take the time this week to dig into how you can love your God and love yourself equally as an LGBT individual.

 

 

 

 

GuestBlog ComingOutAuthenticity...A life long journey!
Two Clients Sharing Their Stories About "Coming Out" And Their Coaching Journey!

Do you really have to choose between your God and your inner spirit? Some say yes, others say no. Then there are those who say, let's see what happens if you try to make it work. But how?

In reality, sexuality, spirituality, and a relationship with your creator should be a personal journey. So how did we as a human race get so off track? Is it organized religions' fault or is it misinterpretations of the Holy Bible that cause the strife between being truly who you are and staying in the good graces of your maker.

This week on The Coming Out Lounge were bringing back one of our favorite guests, Salavatore Sapienza, to help up understand at a deeper level, just what can this relationship between homosexuality and spirituality look like when it is deconstructed to it's raw essence.

• Can spirit and sexuality coexist?
• Are the threats of damnation reality or fiction?
• Do you argue your case or state it and leave it alone?

Thought provoking, controversial, and always on the forefront of any discussion around homosexuality, we will take the time this week to dig into how you can love your God and love yourself equally as an LGBT individual.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating National Coming Out Day!

On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was the second such demonstration in our nation's capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBT organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÓ) and AT&T's LGBT employee group, LEAGUE. The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBT community often reacted defensively to anti-gay actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it. The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born.

To this day National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly. (Source: HRC Website)

How We're Celebrating...

This week on The Coming Out Lounge I have a line-up of out and proud individuals coming on the show to share their stories and themselves. These are individuals who are having huge impact in our world and the lives of gays, lesbians, heterosexuals, and society as a whole. They've taken the brave stance to say "This is me and take me or leave me."

salvatoreSalvatore Sapienza

Salvatore is the author of Gay is a GIFT and Seventy Times Seven, which was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, including Best Spirituality.

A former religious brother in the Catholic Church, Sapienza assisted in the formation of St. Francis AIDS Ministry under the guidance of Father Mychal Judge, the Saint of 9/11. Sapienza's latest book, Mychal's Prayer, is an interfaith guide to the life and spirituality of Father Judge.

Sapienza has written feature stories for several newspapers and magazines across the country, and he has appeared locally on National Public Radio (NPR) and PBS. He lives in Saugatuck, Michigan.

midgeMidge Noble

Midge Noble is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is licensed in the state of North Carolina. She currently works in a private practice as a child/adolescent and family therapist. She has worked with children and families since 1986. She has worked as a school counselor, a counselor for terminally ill children and their families, and as a mental health counselor. Midge works extensively with children and families who have lived through abuse, neglect, loss, foster care, and adoption. Midge believes any trauma can be overcome by choosing happiness and by choosing to be a survivor and not a victim.

Midge has written two children's books: SHEBA: Home Is Where Your Heart Is and ICE CUBE AWARD: Learning To Be Cool Under Pressure.

Midge also hosts a weekly national radio show on Toginet called Second Chances which airs every Thursday night at 9pmEST. Midge lives in North Carolina with her family which includes her partner of 29 years and their "four legged" kids. Her favorite activities include hiking and camping in the mountains with her family.

jcameronJ. Cameron Gantt

Lets face it, finding love can be hard. Many of us work hectic schedules, have grown tired of the bar scene or simply just may not be up-to-date on our methods of flirtation. Enter J. Cameron...the founder and CEO of Insti(Gay)tor, a variety membership-based service that can not only help you target your search for love, but also provide a safe and exciting alternative to the usual.

He's been coaching for about 10 years now, with a 2 year concentration on dating and relationships. His clients often refer to him as "Mr. Fix It" and often compliment him on his ability to see the big picture. He's all about strategy so once the issue is isolated, then he works with clients on a one-on-one basis to develop a results oriented game plan and from there... It's time for action and accountability!
J. Cameron's first book is due out this Fall and is entitled "The Total Knock Out: The Gay Man's Guide to Dating Like A Champ!" and launching a web talk show with the hopes of helping millions of gay singles jump-start their love life.

karenKaren Sullivan

As a seasoned law enforcement professional, Chief (Ret.) Karen Sullivan has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, most recently as Chief of Police in Monmouth County, NJ.

Without a doubt, Karen has a knack for motivating and empowering people, while assisting them in setting high standards, and a demonstrated track record of providing highly energetic and motivational leadership - with great results. Karen works with leaders by fostering intrinsic motivation, empowerment, and assisting in setting high standards, and achieving goals with confidence.

As a Certified Professional Leadership and Executive Coach, strengthened by her Masters in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University, Karen is well-positioned to bring coaching skills to Law Enforcement leaders, giving them the tools they need to achieve their personal and professional goals, and take their agencies to the next level. Karen is an Affiliate Faculty Member of UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) in Resilient Leadership and a peer counselor at Cop2Cop a helpline for Police Officers and their families in NJ.

 

headshotMommy, Mommy! Daddy, Daddy!
And Baby(ies). Oh My!

First you "come out," then you find a mate, then you mate. Simple right? Not exactly! Choosing to be a parent, takes a lot of strength, patience, and love. Especially when you're a LGBT couple wanting to start a family. Do you adopt or surrogate?

• How do you make the decision?
• What kind of communication needs to take place with your partner?
• When is the best time to start your family?
• Who's going to be the sperm/egg donor?
• Why do you want to have kids?

These questions and more will be addressed this week on The Coming Out Lounge when Elliott Kronenfeld, LICSW, joins me as we explore the wonderful world of Gayby Boom and becoming parents through the means of Gestational Surrogacy. What is it? How do you prepare for it? Who are all the players when it comes to this method of bringing life into the world? Armed with a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and experience, Elliott will guide us through the "birth canal" so to speak.

 

crystal finalHomosexuality & Religion. Sinners and judgers repent...Then We Can All Live Peacefully!

One of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to acceptance of LGBTQ individuals, is that "your lifestyle is a sin against God." Really? That would mean that God screwed up majorly when he created the more than 4 million Americans that identify as LGBTQ.

• Did God really make individuals to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender?
• Is it a sin or a misinterpretation of the scriptures?
• What does the bible really say about sexual orientation?

Answers and understanding abound when Crystal Cheatham & J Mason, authors of The Identity Kit: For Queer Christian Youth, joins the show this week to unravel and explore "What the Bible tells us so about sexuality and gender." Drawing wisdom from personal exploration and The Identity Kit Project, Crystal & J Mason will help us discover gender non-conforming figures within the Bible, take apart scriptures often used against LGBTQ people, draw inspiration from the holy roles of trans/GNC folks, and uncover ways LGBTQ people are affirmed in both the Old and New Testaments. Be prepared to be moved, laugh and fall in love (with scripture!) as we break down the boundaries between sexual/gender identity and religion.

 

jaredamieerinI have something to tell you..."I'm Gay!"

Just how would you react to those words if your Dad or Mom blurted them out right after asking, "Can you please pass the pot roast?" Shock, fear, disappointment? Happy, jubilant, excited? No matter the age, when a child's parent makes the grand announcement that they're gay, there is a plethora of emotion that is experienced.
In those cliff hanging moments, it's not uncommon for a child to think...

Why me?
What about our family?
Does this make me gay?
Where will I end up?
What if Mom/Dad won't let me see Mom/Dad?

Sure, kids are resilient but that's not always the case. This week on The Coming Out Lounge we take a look at the "Gay Dad anomaly or reality syndrome" from the eyes of the child...adult children to be exact.

Introducing Amie Shea, Erin Margolin, and Jared Karol founders of The Gay Dad Project - an organization whose aim is to explore families - and the relationships within these families - where one parent is gay and one parent is straight. The Gay Dad Project is a safe, warm and welcoming space for people of the LGBTQ community, along with their straight allies, to share stories about their experiences of how gay parents – whether you are one, have one, know one, or are interested in meeting some – have had an effect on your lives.
Inspired by their own experiences as children of gay parents, these three ambitious and proud individuals are taking their stories to the world through their blogs, forth coming book and documentary. During this show we're going to address the hard questions and deep felt joys of being a child of a gay parent.

 

 

dsc 0469Coming Out: The Effortless Yes!

Imagine feeling fully in yourself. No more hiding, stressing, or feeling scared of being who you are. Now envision, the whole journey of living authentically was simply about "Closing The Sale."

We're bringing a soul-centered, masterful mentor, and DIVA of Selling, to show to help us celebrate ourselves and come out. Julie Steelman, The Entrepreneur's Selling Mentor and Author of The Effortless Yes, joins us this week to guide us towards selling ourselves into our authentic spirit. Upon arrival at this soul-inspired destination, Julie will assist us in finding the Archetype of Our Coming Out Spirit so that we can better prepare for those "tough conversations" where we sell ourselves and our sexuality to our inner and outer circles.

Take a journey to the Effortless Yes of coming out! Download Podcast!

 

 

ryanTransgender: A Different Out Of Body Experience

 

In honor of all those who brave the confusion, fear, and demons of acceptance of being trapped in the body that simply doesn't fit like a favorite pair of jeans, we honor our Transgender brothers and sisters.

Ryan Sallans, female to male transgender, is unravels the "mysteries of transgender acceptance." Smart, witty, and wrapped in a hot new package of masculine sexuality, Ryan has become a National Speaker, Advocate, Inclusion Trainer, and a symbol of truly "living in your truth."

Caring deeply for those in pain, Ryan utilizes his story, addictions, disorders, and deep compassion to bring a ray of hope to all he encounters. During this weeks show we'll be going raw and real, taking a deep dive into the truth of finally saying, "Dammit this is me and I'm going to allow my inner rebel to come out and play before its to late.

Find the will to be your way in the world - Download the podcast!

 

394749 10151089439622433 155075342 nLoving Your Body...All Of It!

 

Negative body image, self loathing, and the pain people feel because of it are at an all-time high. Most women (80-90%) and now many men, especially gay men, are consumed, obsessed, and battling their bodies over how they look and what is “wrong” with them. They tell themselves how; ugly, fat, disgusting, horrible, cellulite-ridden, wrinkled, miserable, acne-ridden, lazy, crazy, angry, and sad they are. People are more aware of their flaws then anything they may do well like: being productive, accomplishments, taking the first step, loving, and so on. The pain is progressive and gets worse as time goes on. Until you stop the madness.

Today you'll meet Bonnie Gayle, body liberator and founder of Sex Butter!

Having battled her own demons around "not good enough," hating her body, and wishing she looked different, Bonnie finally came to the light bulb moment realization that "loving your body starts from within!"

Love your body...all of it! Download!

 

eric-pic-350-x-4751How To Protect Your Assets as an LGBT Individual

As sobering as all this may seem, we to often forget to think about the future in the right way, in the here and now. Instead we dream of building our businesses, finding true love, traveling the world...all great thoughts in their own right. Ironically, not a one of those thoughts does us any good if our future isn't taken care of in the present moment. Now's the time, now's the place to step out, step up, and step into protecting yourself, your loved ones with some great insights around being legal in an LGBT world...and we're not talking about being of age.

Eric A. Rudolph, Attorney at Law, Gay Man, and active resident of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, helps us look through a clear legal lens at specific challenges LGBT individuals face. Candid in approach, Eric will provide insights and pitfalls to avoid, for anyone of any age or station in life in the LGBT community. It's time to let your inner Elle (Legally Blonde reference required) loose and find the protection that will serve you best.

 

denise_finalExploring Both Sides Of The Gay Parenting Coin with Denise LeFrance!
From, "Mom, Dad I'm Gay," to "Kids I have something to tell you!"

Not everyone is meant to be a parent. Nor is everyone meant to be the parent of a LGBT child. However, there's something unique about those individuals who are LGBT and choose to be parents. It's a loving, desire against all odds, to push the societal boundaries, and claim your stake to make a difference in the world by being a parent. Whether you come into parenting naturally by "coming out of the closet" from a heterosexual marriage with kids, or make the committed decision to adopt or bring a child into the world through surrogacy, you have made a conscious choice to travel the road less travelled.

The other side of the coin are the parents whose children change their world as they knew it the moment that declare, "Oh by the way, I thought you'd want to know I'm gay/lesbian!" And, it usually doesn't happen that nonchalantly.

 

keithheadshotBefriending Grief and Loss
With Keith Miller!

A compelling and thought provoking hour of candidly addressing the soulmates of grief and loss and how to move beyond "human suffering" in an authentic way. If you're embroiled beyond belief in a tragic loss, or find yourself constantly stepping into a grief stricken state due to a wound from the past, then you won't want to miss these tips and tools for embracing, “This is life, life happens this way – it's nudging you to look at different paths.”

 

poppy1_v2_emailLife In Drag! Live it, Be It, Embrace Who You Are!

Entertainer, gay man, drag performer, highly conscious, and keenly intuitive, Christopher Michael Graham, opens up and shares his insights, trials, and joys of being a gay man/drag performer in society and the LGBT Community. Is there discrimination? What's it like to always have to be on? Does this life get in the way of finding true love?

These and more answers when Christopher and his drag persona Poppy Fields take center stage in the studios of The Coming Out Lounge. Thought provoking, tender, hilarious, and real don't even touch the surface of what's in store.

 

davidcruziiiFinding Cupid In A Gay & Lesbian World

Gay, straight,bi-sexual, transgender; the mixing bowl of finding love doesn't really change regardless of your sexual orientation...it's just the recipe varies slightly.

  • Is he into me because of my pecs and abs?
  • Does she like me because I'm more butch than her?
  • Do we really get each other because we were both married before we came into our sexual truth?

Hot, cute, handsome, pretty, successful, witty, focused, and driven describe this week's guest, and former Millionaire Matchmaker star, David Cruz III of Finding Cupid - Romance Enthusiast extraordinaire. Whether it's love letters, proposals, weddings, cards or romantic comedies - he loves it all and he's made it his passion.

David and I will be exploring what's hot, trending, and fizzling out in the world of LGBT dating, mating, and making it work. This is the show you won't want to miss if you're still looking for love in all the wrong places. Straight to the point, on point, and with a little prod from the point of Cupid's Arrow, you're sure to get red hot tips on moving from the world of Mr. or Mrs. Right Now into happily ever after.

 

trent_0808Kicking GAIL To The Curb?

Who is GAIL and why do we care? She's a devious little resident that resides within each of us as we journey "out of the closet." In fact she resides within each of us each day of our lives, regardless of what we are doing...but it doesn't mean she has a lifetime lease.

Join Life Coach Trent and Coming Out Coach Rick as we talk about the Gremlins, Assumptions, Interpretations, and Limiting Beliefs that come to life as we venture "out of the closet" or through anything in life for that matter.

What you'll discover is a rich arsenal of tools and tips that can help you truly invite Ms. GAIL to step out of your life and make room for living your life authentically and with powerful purpose.

 

marla-2022Full Yes Living - Divorce + Being The Mother Of A Gay Son!

How do you step into your Full Yes!? You let the challenges become the Yes's and let the no's go by the way side. This powerful show takes us full circle as Professionally Certified Coach Marla Gorlick shares her perspective as a divorced Jewish Mother who just happens to have a gay son! Sharing her version of Full Yes! living, she provides insights for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual alignment so that Full Yes! just becomes a way of life
 

akil campbellShades Of Being A Dual Minority and Gay!

Often overlooked in the fight for gay rights, minority populations have unique struggles that will are explored during this powerful hour when we address the challenges and discrimination that individuals of color face as they come out of the closet and live in the LGBT community and society.

Hailing from the tropical isle of Jamaica, Akil Campbell, Raleigh, North Carolina resident, Chair for Shades of Pride, and Advisory Member for the National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE), brings a heart felt perspective to being Gay and African American to the Coming Out Lounge.

 

scottsmall9.2The Funny Side Of Coming Out...And Then Some!

A lot of funny things happen on the way to being gay...and some not so funny. Gay Comedian Scott Backman talks about being an Irish Catholic, Jewish Comedian...and about being gay.

It's a humorous look at life on the other side of the closet door.

 

denise_finalHe Said, She Said...The Art Of Coming Out and Being A Late Bloomer

What happens when you "come out" late in life? New revelations? More intense fears? Beliefs that you will never survive? Join Coming Out Coaches Rick Clemons and Denise LeFrance as they share their mutual perspectives about coming out late in life - the pitfalls, joys, challenges, and thrilling freedom that the journey brings. It's an hour packed with tips, advice and truths to support you as you contemplate..."Is it to late to be me and live my truth?"
 

tonyasandisFree2Luv - It's Everyone's Right

Joined by Free2Luv Co-Founder Tonya Sandis, Coming Out Coach Rick shares the love and asks the question, "Who has the right to tell anyone that they can't love someone else?" Drawing from his own experience and Tonya's these two parents talk about being out, having kids, and launching heart-centered businesses to make a difference in the world. Free2Luv is a non-profit that is using the power of celebrity ambassadors like Fran Drescher, Mayim Bialik, and Thea Gill to put a stop to bullying and start a new world order of "Love is Love!" Learn more about Free2Luv at Free2Luv.org.
 
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