Last Saturday we packed up the car and headed cross country to Palm Springs, CA. It's really not a vacation. This is mostly business...a real estate investment we made that needed hands on experience. We have not stopped working since we left home. Plus, I'm editing a new release for this spring.
I'll post more about what it's like to be a gay couple travelling from Philadelphia to California in the future, but this is really the first time I've had to sit down and write a post without using an iPad or my phone. And it feels so good...like I'm normal again. The one thing I've learned about myself during this trip is that some people...ME...are not wired for travelling...at least not for extended periods of time.
But Palm Springs is nice, the mountain views are the best part, and we're only here for the month of March. We also traveled the historic Route 66, and that was fascinating. I'm already looking forward to the trip home.
The LGBT Community and Smoking
Here's an article that talks about how people in the LGBT community are more at risk from the hazards of smoking cigarettes.
In 2014, Slate magazine described the motivation for the epidemic of cigarette smoking in the LGBTQ community this way: “If anyone has a reason to smoke, it’s the LGBTQ community.”
Trying to kick the habit is no easy task given the challenges LGBTQ folk already face, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic disorder. Add to that the daily stress of combatting prejudice and stigma, and it’s clear why the Centers for Disease Control found a whopping 31 percent of queer Americans smoke.
I've always known a lot of gay people who smoke. I never really thought about it, but I think this article makes sense.
You can check it out here .
Ryan Murphy Mocked for Being Femme
Unfortunately, this sort of thing has been happening since the beginning of time.
In Ryan Murphy's Own Words...
“I had one meeting with an executive about a script and I showed up at the meeting and he started imitating my voice and sort of making feminine hand gestures, which I don’t have. I never thought that my voice was gay until he repeated it back to me, but I literally was stunned into silence. He was just being really, really brutal to me.
I was very pained by it. I never understood it. But right from the beginning of my career, interestingly enough, I did feel homophobia and I did feel ‘No.’ And I remember one of my early agents was fired for being gay. This was in the mid-90s if you can imagine.”
Oh, I think most gay men have experienced this at least once in their lives...and it runs rampant in Hollywood.
You can check that out here.