A New ‘Age of Enlightenment’?

747

I wrote the other day about newly-arrived Jude from Canada, new fitness friend of our kids, nonchalantly mentioning to them that he was gay with a couple of days of arriving in their school. What a difference from our experience all those years ago…

3182

While we live in an area where, to the average Joe Public, gay is still ‘bad’, the school proudly supports a LGBT society for its pupils which also strongly encourages straight kids to join. To us, the previous generation, this seems quite amazing. Dave and I hid our love away in any public situation while mixing predominantly with other gay guys in our favoured activities – gym and acrobatics – and were fortunate to be accepted into a private gay-friendly gym which also hid itself away in a non-descript industrial unit not so far from what was once a very closed-minded Baptist Church. A number of events – 9/11 was one – led indirectly to a softening of those relations and to the gym at least getting a nameplate on the door, although it is still ‘invitation only’ and you need a personal card to get through that door. This allows its members to enjoy watching each other’s bodies at work and, in late-night private times, to indulge in other gay-oriented things.

2641064725_66f871e1d8_o

Of course, the kids know about it, and they can get in at other times, nominally supervised by an adult, but they need to be trusted by the gym’s owner first to be discreet (and not to do stupid things leading to injury as well, of course). I have no doubt that when Chad the owner has checked Jude out, he’ll get an invitation too.

chest thrust

As usual, I’ve wandered slightly off my intended topic – increasing acceptance of gayness amongst the new generation which in general drinks less, smokes a lot less, worries about drink driving more and eats healthier food than kids did say ten years ago. So we do applaud our local school – and any other – which permits (and indeed encourages) LGTB tolerance on its premises.

zztop%2081_zpszksdu6ms

Our more difficult coming out and everything that went with it can be found here:

The first part...The second part...Cover 3 ThumbI always hate to admit it, but my oldest friend Colin cottoned on to my own gayness when I was about nine years old – years before I did – and (bless him) kept it to himself rather than use the information in the school locker room… and that is one of the reasons why he is still my friend and why my kid and his are able to be such good ‘fitness’freak’ friends too.

OK, enough philosophy. Fun time: let’s put those muscles to good use…

cable pulls

HOF57UK%2029_zpsk1jzyr95

HOF57UK%2035_zps3ucoj3ob

max whitlock

Ruben30

spread 2

tumblr_nazoesnekk1sb53p5o1_1280

tumblr_nmukiyil5b1rb5ewqo1_1280

tumblr_nrnvznZ7r31uuu6ydo1_1280

Don’t mind rusty weights? OK then, use a pair of old railway wagon wheels!

railway weights!

There’s a very powerfully-built boy under that shirt – he needs to get it off…

…no such inhibitions here…

tumblr_nhvodz_Ys_Cd1sl9s2oo1_500

Fundamentally, gay or straight, let’s enjoy working out…

working together

… looking good, catching some rays with friends…

yo1_1285

…making it FUN!

tumblr_nsfkk5FgFZ1uuu6ydo1_1280

 

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...
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.