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EP001: The Queer Hero's Journey with Sister Unity

episodes show notes Apr 03, 2020
 
Photo: Mike Gerle with Sister Unity (right) and Margarat Snatcher celebraing the first day gay marriage was legal in California in 2004 (the first time).
 
Blessings from Sister Unity.
 
Sister Unity and I met more than 25 years ago at a photo shoot where the boys were naked and the sisters were in full, clownlike “face”: bright-colored heretical nun gear. We were shooting for a “cooking calendar” fundraiser. I stood on set naked while Sister Unity drew the Ohm symbol on my right butt cheek in cake frosting. It was a wonderful beginning. 
 
Later I noticed this incredible being, along with the other Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence providing rituals in unusual places like bars and leather contests. In addition to her hilarity, she brings deep spiritual centeredness that emanates from her open heart and Hindu practice. 
Please listen closely as she outlines the Hero’s Journey and how it applies to queer...
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Connection, Death, Sex and Opportunity

episodes show notes Mar 27, 2020
 

Welcome to the GerleMen community. Our mission is to celebrate the gift of 'otherness' and help shine a light on the gold we each carry. And now, more than ever, we need connection.

Today, we are launching the GerleMen podcast a bit early due as part of our reaction to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. We are all, yes, all 7.8 billion of us around the world, are in some state of "social distancing" or self-quarantine in an effort to help 'flatten the curve'.


As a culture, we are facing a sexual moratorium that, for gay men, is simultaneously familiar and completely new.

I discuss the impact on gay men’s connecting culture, hooking up, missing the gym, AIDS vs. Coronavirus, and the opportunities this social isolation presents.  

The GerleMen team was planning to launch this podcast in June of 2020 on Father’s Day, but right now, it’s impossible to have a conversation about brotherhood, conscious sex,...

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Growing Up "Girly"

episodes show notes Mar 20, 2020

 

Welcome to the GerleMen Podcast.

I grew up in the late 70s and early 80s as a kid in the state of Nebraska, Wyoming and Idaho with a last name pronounced girly.

Yeah, you heard that right, girly. That name was challenging. It was a daily experience and being seen for who I was a gay boy. And then lying to everyone, telling them that the girly nature inside of me was just a joke.

Fostering heart-centered connections between gay men is what this podcast is about. 

It's a place for gay men, and anyone self-identified as “the other”, designed to help you: own your personal dignity, strengthen your connection to your chosen family(ies), and thrive in general society.

This is an authentic, honest, and open space - not a forceful, overhyped or fanatical one.

Welcome home, brother!

 
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