Blog

From Silence to the Deafening Disturbance of Difference

From Silence to the Deafening Disturbance of Difference

When everyone is shouting over everyone else, does anyone have a discernible message, one that breaks through to hearts and minds? It often feels like everyone is speaking at a level that is loud and not in a form we would call dialogue. On social media, in the news, or in person we see shouting, personal attacks, and arguing to prove one’s point...

Celebrating the 2-Year Podcasting Anniversary of Think Queerly

Celebrating My 2-Year Podcasting Anniversary!

Two years ago on June 20, 2018, I launched my first podcast. It was called, The Living OUT Podcast, a tongue-in-cheek reference to coming out and being proud to be authentically out. My focus in early episodes was the gay male experience, the uniqueness and creativity that gay men bring to the world, as well as my go-to core subject, personal...

Has LGBTQ+ Pride Been White-Washed by White Gay Men?

Has LGBTQ Pride Been White-Washed by White Gay Men

A Think Queerly Podcast Discussion with Shawn Banks Last week I published an article on Th-Ink Queerly by Shawn Banks titled, “Why White Gay Men Have Ruined LGBTQ+ Pride Month For Me.” My involvement in the comments raised a number of questions in me, so I asked Shawn if he would come on the podcast and have a conversation. We discussed the...

Reconfiguring Pride to Savour Black Lives in 2020 and Beyond

Reconfiguring Pride to Savour Black Lives in 2020

Think Queerly Podcast Discussion with Olivia Nuamah & Jeffrey Iovannone Pride will always be political so long as it continues to exist. Pride, as a celebration, because it is celebrated, is a priori political because of its origins. Even to those to whom Pride only seems a big party, the nature and existence of Pride is dependent upon its...

Humanity’s Tipping Point — Without a Return to Compassion, We’re Finished

Humanity’s Tipping Point — Without a Return to Compassion, We’re Finished

Human Liberation, Planetary Respect, and the Dissolution of Power Inequality The “…inability to recognize the notion of difference as a dynamic human force, one which is enriching rather than threatening to the defined self…” is the root of human prejudice. — Audre Lorde Back in 2017, Martha Beck shared a wonderful video that...

Sex Shaming During COVID-19 — A Discussion with Shaun Proux

Sex Shaming During COVID-19 - A Discussion with Shaun Proux

Think Queerly Podcast — Episode 133 In this special edition of the Think Queerly Podcast, I speak with my friend and colleague, Shaun Proulx about the issue of shaming and judgment of those who are choosing (and needing) to have sex during the COVID-19 pandemic and social quarantine. Haven’t We Been Here Before? In this episode...

Why Are People So Fucking Angry, Right Now?

Why Are People So Fucking Angry

Is it Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic or Something Else? I’ve been writing and talking a lot about how we can be better people, how we can be the best and most human-hearted versions of ourselves doing the COVID-19 pandemic. In my podcast and article from last week, An Invitation to Experience Things As They Are in the Midst of the COVID-19...

Can You Experience Tranquillity During COVID-19?

Can You Experience Tranquillity During COVID-19

Facebook Live Video Notes In today’s Facebook Live, I share additional thoughts and insights from my last podcast and article, “An Invitation to Experience Things As They Are in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” I share a passage from my book, Think Queerly: Meditations & Critical Reflections On Liberating Humanity to...

An Invitation to Experience Things As They Are in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Invitation-to-Experience-Things-As-They-Are-in-the-Midst-of-the-COVID-19-Pandemic

“Tranquillity in Disturbance Means Perfection”Chuang Tzu Since most of Canada went into “lockdown” in the middle of March, we have been witnessing the greatest disruption to society in the 21st-century. Everything has been called into question: economic stability; capitalism; populism; human rights; basic human freedoms; climate...

4 Questions to Determine What You Need to Let Go Of

4 Questions to Determine What You Need to Most Let Go Of

When you prioritize what’s most important, instead of what needs to get done, you reduce frustration and increase joy. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend and colleague. We got to talking about our work schedules and he told me that he’s changing how he works during the week. He will complete all client work and administration on Mondays...

Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.