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It Just Goes To Show You That Life Is Short…

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I will start saying that as a gay man I had a pretty normal life as far as the gay scene in Toronto goes. I have spent most of my life in the Gay Ghetto (Wellesley and Church Street Area).

I moved away from home at 21 due to rising questions about my sexuality. My years were mostly lived in the closet, as most gay men in my age group did. I was a very shy boy so I was spared the one slot of GRIND which is now known as HIV/AIDS. I have had several boy friends, but my first real boyfriend ended up being abusive and needing the love of someone.

He isolated me from any of my friends I had, so I would be dependent on him and he took advantage of me. One night he got very angry and tried to choke me to death, but luckily I was able to get away and never return. I would see him and he stalked me for a while but I was free from the confines of being with him.

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HIV Positive and a Positive Outlook: The Story of Joey Cumley

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It was September 7th, only the other day that I happened to come across a Fabulis members profile after he had asked me a question. This member Joey Cumley has quickly become a new inspiration to me. I asked him if he would mine if I attempted to tell his story about his diagnosis as HIV positive. Soon, I found him to be one of the most positive people on Fabulis Joey Cumley is my inspiration this week and of whom I write.

Joey hales from Kansas originally, but as soon as he graduated high school he managed to escape with an ex bf, and moved to Chicago. After breaking up Joey took a job as a flight attendant based out of NYC area and located to the big city and was fortunate enough to be able to travel all over and meet people in every city. Joey told himself that once flying stopped being fun that he would quit, because he didn’t want to end up one of those mean bitter bitchy flight attendants that feel trapped in their jobs. After 3 years, Joey decided it had run it’s course and quit and moved to his favorite city, San Francisco.

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It’s A Whole New World Down Here!

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Well it’s been 2.5 weeks since I’ve been here and there’s a few things I’ve learned: Australians drive crazy, I stick out like a sore thumb with my accent, and Canadians are way too nice!

Moving to Australia I had my stereotypical ideas; hot climate, lots of Aborigines, hot guys everywhere and kangaroos jumping across highways like we have deer. Nope! I was wrong! Although, to be fair, the hot guy ratio is much higher here AND my sore thumb accent helps as a conversation starter! So…thumbs up!

Where to start? Language! There are days at work where I have no clue what people are saying! The accents are dependent from what areas people are from, so some are mild and some are really thick. Aside from the accent, the slang is more than I thought it would be. It’s not just words, but even phrases that make me shake my head. ‘Sticking the boot” translated means giving someone a hard time. Pinched=steal, chewy=gum, heaps=lots….I could go on, but you get the point. Try having a conversation where you’re constantly trying to figure out what it means – it’s hard!

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The Big 3

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Gyms love machines. They look expensive, accessible, and require little to no supervision, allowing potential members to sign up, pay up and get started. Exercise machines allow the user to sit or stand and simply push or pull weight along guided rails isolating the particular muscle that the user wishes to stimulate. Safe and easy right? But wait, aren’t we training to be athletes for life, to better perform day to day functions in the real world? Remind me, when was the last time you sat down on a bench and leaned over a padded arm rest to “preacher curl” your bags of groceries into position? So whats the alternative? Exercises using free weights simulate and build neuromuscular pathways, challenge full body stabilizing strength, mimic our real life day to day activities and effectively build bigger, stronger and smarter muscles. In order to help make your body a machine, here are three BIG full body exercises that are going launch your strength gains into overdrive, challenge your balance and co-ordination, and fire up your metabolic engine! 

The Deadlift

Greg Glassman the founder of Crossfit has the following to say about the deadlift: ”Regardless of whether your fitness goals are to ‘rev up’ your metabolism, increase strength or lean body mass, decrease body fat, rehabilitate your back, improve athletic performance, or maintain functional independence as a senior, the deadlift is a marked shortcut to that end.” 

There is simply no question that the deadlift can create fullbody strength and power that no machine can. Never deadlifted before? Start light and follow Greg’s cues to a perfect deadlift… 

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Anti-Gay?

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Maybe it’s just me, but it seems these days as though everything is suddenly “anti-gay”. I don’t mean that such things are portraying us gays in a bad light, I mean that it seems like we are getting upset more and more often. I am sure am I going to receive major flack for this but that’s okay.

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about the old spice ad that is running on TV right now, with a muscular attractive ‘masculine’ man talking to women about their men. Now, this is directed towards straight women, which is fine. Old spice did studies and found that women buy the majority of their beauty products for men. So these marketers decided that it would be best to target straight women while also appealing to straight men, and TRADITIONALLY, straight men want to be perceived as masculine, and straight women are attracted to masculine men.

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Dating & The Law Of Attraction

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I am sure by now you have heard this term a few times and may even be getting fed up with how much exposure it is receiving and what does it mean anyway? In simpler terms: law of attraction means: likes, attract likes.

Behavior breeds behavior, and while this sounds like a simple concept, this topic goes beyond that, and helps you learn how receive and believe you can change your life to attract what you want. It doesn’t have to be a dream!

For example: If you are unhappy in your current job, it may be time to seriously consider leaving it. Your quality of life is more important than staying somewhere that you have outgrown and are only there because it is easy and safe.

Pursuing your passion should become your focus so that you don’t waste anymore time in making that goal a reality. Don’t look at it as a dream; actually visualize your new path. It is easier to achieve something when you can see it clearly.

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Gay & Lesbian Events & Nightlife In Vancouver

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Vancouver has a large gay population which boasts numerous venues and yearly events. Visitors from all over the world attend two annual parties, The Gay Pride Parade Day and Whistler’s Gay & Lesbian ski week.

Pride day this year will be Sunday August 1, 2010 starting at noon. The parade has an audience of over 600,000 and is lined up in colorful fashion throughout the 20 block progression ending at the “Sunset Beach Festival Site” for a continued celebration. The entertainment is non-stop and talented people wanting to participate can contact entertainment@vancouverpride.ca

Winter Pride at Whistler, BC usually held in February, was moved to March 1-8 to accommodate the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The host hotel was the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa but there are many other available hotels to choose from when visiting this spectacular tourist location . This popular Gay & Lesbian “week long” party celebrated it’s 18th year displaying the proud diversity of thousands of visitors and locals attending the numerous venues at the beautiful Whistler/Blackcomb location. Events included a “wild pool party“, fetish themes, snowball fights, dog sledding tours, yoga, zip lining and even cooking classes.

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Will YOU Get An iPhone 4?

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In case you missed it, Apple has recently released their new flagship product, the iPhone 4. It’s not available in Canada yet, but will be soon. And so, the question is: will you upgrade?

The iPhone 4 offers a myriad of upgrades, including a totally redesigned, industrial look. I for one think it looks great, and what’s the point of upgrading your phone if it isn’t obvious you have the better one? (roll your eyes if you must, some of us live for this)

The iPhone 4 comes with a new, improved “retina” display that brags over 60% of the iPad’s pixels in a small fraction of the size. The resolution of the display is so high in fact that the human eye is supposedly unable to distinguish a pixel.

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