Native American News

‘Three Rivers’ (3R), our Native American friend thrown out of his home reservation for being gay and taken in (initially) by Chad, has been with us six months now but is planning on moving on. Getting him to relax and enjoy himself has been an uphill struggle, but we definitely have a new friend at last.

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Like this guy (who appears to be suspended in mid-air but is actually hanging from a loop… and, look closely, he has blue toe nails…)… ‘3R’s late mother’s love of yoga has produced in him an excellent contortionist, something which took us all by surprise when he first was let loose in the Man.Power gym. Before long, he joined a short tour with us and was very professional about it, and successful. I think he liked the nomadic nature of the tour, and it is clear that he yearns for something new now.

I recently learned something about Native Americans which, after 13 years in the US, perhaps I should have known before. They are entitled to a specific Federal financial handout. Some try to live just on that without working to earn additional money, and end up living in squalid decrepit shanties. However, 3R himself was unaware of it and cannot just go claim because he has no identity documents. When he walked out of his home, he brought with him only a pair of cut-off jeans and his trusty knife. Absolutely nothing else.

Cover1 ThumbEnter ‘Carl’ (not his real name) who I introduced in the first of my books ‘Loving the Boy’. Lawyer colleague of our doctor Nate, shares the same business building. Skeletal and highly religious with unwelcome views on gays. However, Nate did his family some enormous medical favour one time and, as a result, he helps Nate’s friends. He sorted out the legal side of Dave and I becoming parents, for example.

Upshot is, this coming weekend Chad is going to drive 3R back to the home he was thrown out of (only about 80 miles) to confront his former guardians about his papers. ‘3R’ is thinking of getting a passport too but, with no ID, he’s in a quandry. Chad asked two of the others – the most thuggish-looking lifters but sweet guys really, Cody and Adge – to go with them to add a little bit of ‘persuasion.’ It will be interesting to see what happens. 3R has earned a nice pot of money meanwhile in a local hand carwash – a job suited to his shirtless and barefoot habit – and as the cleaner and housekeeper in Man.Power itself. Now he’s thinking of heading north towards Kentucky to look for work with animals – definitely horse country up there – before venturing more widely. Whatever he does, we wish him well. He has been a fascinating addition to our lives, having such a strange background.

I will let you know how they get on with their confrontation. 3R himself is really nervous and doesn’t want to ever see the place again, but he realises that everyone has a point about his ID, so we will see.

Yoga does produce some interesting positions…

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Some, as acrobats, we want to try. Otherwise we have, erm, limited success! We tend to prefer strength moves these days to complex flexibility work:

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(that’s neat, taking a call in the middle of your pull-ups)

Most balance work derives from strength rather than flexibility, too:

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..especially planche holds:

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Anyways, at the moment it is 3R’s future that’s “in the balance”, although I don’t think that the odds against him getting hold of what he needs are too high. Unless the chief wanted to exorcise his memory from the reservation completely… let’s hope not. ‘Carl’ thinks that any one of several possible forms of ID would probably be good for what he needs.

Cover2 Thumband, finally...So why did I change a few names in these books? Well, obviously, ‘Carl’ is a real lawyer and I used some fairly frank words to describe both him and his attitude to the gay community! I changed names for other reasons too: a lot of guys were happy for their exploits to be recorded provided they could not directly be identified: in Zach’s case, since he was on the receiving end of some serious threats, and some nasty people tried to take his life twice, we obviously needed to disguise him – in fact, we had to do it in real life too, and he ‘disappeared’ to Eastern Europe for a few years at the end of ‘Against All Odds’, performing with his partner Gary under different names. And, for that matter, he had already changed his name once before he even appeared in the books! You’ll just have to read a little to get the full picture. E-books available too from the usual websites.

They’re all about acrobatics…

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…gay lads pratting around…

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…tender gay love…

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…our touring adventures, and our MISadventures.

This blog brings things up to date, tries to part you from the small amounts of money needed to buy books, and offers images which are in the general theme which pleases all gay guys… great bodies, crafted with dedicated work in whatever sporting arena the guys prefer. Usually starting with the weight room. A couple more, then, and I’m done for today.

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About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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