Girl Power

Don’t worry – the blog is not going unisex or being taken over by the ladies! Just to make that clear, I’ll begin with some ‘Boy Power’…


No, I mentioned a while back that my son’s best mate Chris was keen to join in the start of our summer circus gig, if he gets good enough – he’s developing a real ‘shine’ for Dave’s daughter Jaymee, whilst Leo slavers over Karla, who does acrobatics with Jaymee (sorry, this is all probably irrelevant to most of you!). But Jaymee and Karla have been working in an acrobatic trio, training with the Romanians… but the third girl is skipping sessions and so the trainers have made Jaymee and Karla a ‘pair’ instead… so would fit rather neatly alongside Leo and Chris if we can make it work.

Last evening Karla’s parents, who are rather scared by their daughter suddenly saying she wants to join a circus (!) came round to watch Leo and Jaymee run through their routine of balancing, tumbling, and ‘fakir’ stuff (“as seen on TV”), and then Jaymee and Karla did some balance and dynamic acrobatics together to show us that they are getting good enough to perform in public. Chris we already know about – strong, dependable, and learning acrobatic moves fast alongside Leo as his mentor.

In fact, we had all the parents over – Chris’s too – to discuss how it might work. There’ll be at least four adults in the group all the time as well, but we shall rotate the personnel and the young ones won’t be doing more than about 5 – 6 weeks.

I think it’s a done deal, so long as we train them and look after them. Leo and Karla spent half the time gazing into each others’ eyes – OMG – and people thought Leo would turn out gay, just because both his parents are! Likewise, the Chris/Jaymee thing is proceeding too, although a bit slower… but if they’re going to be training together a lot more, who knows…

They’re all four going to work a lot more on flexibility…


…and we’re all going to have to be a lot more careful in the training cabin – there’s a strong tendency to work out naked where we’re “all boys together”…


But it will be fun, if it works out, and great for the kids’ confidence building. Plenty of this for all four of them, too:



Karla’s parents were initially horrified when our two took to the nail bed and when the broken glass came out…


…but, would you believe, once the basic principles were explained to her (and please do not try this at home), Karla’s mum took a barefoot stroll across the glass herself, and was delighted when Leo asked Karla to smash a concrete block on his chest while he lay on the nails (we did check her aim with the sledgehammer first!).

I can’t believe how fast our kids (and their friends) are growing up and taking on responsibilities. It’s great that they are all such good mates, and especially good that all the other (straight) parents involved seem to have no issues with our gayness and our large mixed-sex gay household.

IThe first part...The second part...Cover 3 Thumbn bed last night I was thinking back to our own introduction to the mad world of acrobatics and performing – we were a little older (16) – Karla at 14 is the oldest – and in our case, it was all happening alongside discovering our gayness. There’s is much more about all of it – and the things which went wrong! – in these splendid volumes (click on the covers for more information, and e-books are also available).

Right now, we go back to celebrating male fitness in this blog, as usual!

bathroom boi



bathroom selfie

‘Both ways’ of looking at a great body:



A bit more acrobatics to finish off with, for today – solo…


…and some ‘gang’s all here’ tumbling!


Boys having fun – the name of our game. And, it seems, the girls too!


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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