Body Matters


Like him, I’m very proud of my body: the way it looks, and what it can do. I train many hours a week to keep things that way.

I do it for my own smug satisfaction… and I do it for Dave. And him likewise for me. And for our performing colleagues, to whom we have a responsibility to keep our skills honed. Professional acrobats usually work shirtless and we are no exception – tango briefs usually. Skin on skin for balance; muscular backs to withstand the pressure of the nails we lie on; strong chest and stomach to combat the broken glass… with our mates on top…

We do it, just a little bit I suppose, because we are gay and want to look great alongside our like-minded gay colleagues in the gym. And the straight ones too, come to that. For any gay guy, there is pleasure in another guys body pressing on yours, muscles straining against your own as you wrestle, perhaps. The heady aroma of his sweat on your body and yours on his…




…and, for close Tuan Jie colleagues, tongues in play, savouring the taste, and other pleasures to follow… maybe even in the showers!


So we earn part of our living by showing our bodies off and what they can do: the rest of our living comes from teaching the skills to the younger generation, and it is still good to be able to demonstrate them as well!




How long it will all last as we head into our early thirties, I don’t know. Probably less of the high-energy stuff, more of the balance. We’ll have to see…

Devotees of this blog (do we have devotees?) will know what’s coming next – the ad break: “So What’s All this Coming From…?”

Cover1 ThumbCover2 Thumb…that series of books which began with ‘Loving the Boy’ (and Dave’s the boy, natch) – my introduction to the gay fraternity in TN and, more particularly, into the loving group of caring acrobatic guys whose development continues in ‘The Power of Love’. The third and final one presents the denoument, a bit of an unexpected (and unwanted) adventure from which we eventually emerged ‘Against All Odds’ – corny, huh? – though not without some injuries. Click on covers for more info and there are e-books too.Cover 3 Thumb

OK, now where was I? Musing about the potential excellence of the male form. Right…

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OK, some inspiration for everyone there, I hope. Bye for now, and don’t forget… share the love as well as sharing your body…


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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