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Furthering my Research into the Development of Queer Leadership

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An invitation to take part in my leadership questionnaire and have your say! If you’re a follower of my work on Th-Ink Queerly, you will know that I have been speaking about or making reference to “Queer Leadership” for the last several months. The idea of a Queer Leadership started as a seed in my mind when I took part in a 5-month coaching...

My 365-Day Queer Publishing Challenge for 2020

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In the last couple of weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at how I’ve worked in the past year and how I want to work in 2020, specifically concerning the time of day when I do the “best work”, and what I want to accomplish. I’ve broken things down and have created what I hope is a highly efficient daily schedule for 2020. That preparation...

What Constitutes a Queer Leadership?

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Laying the stepping stones for a new way forward. For some time I’ve been pondering the question, “What is queer leadership — and does it even exist?” It would be easier to ask, “What is Gay Leadership?” because we have witnessed gay leadership work to usher in many of the rights, freedoms, and acceptance that we enjoy — albeit...

Have You Left The Best Parts Of You In The Closet?

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There are two examples from my life when I was living fully out, gay and proud, and expressing who I was – other than now when I feel like I’m all gay all the time! 🙂 In retrospect, within the limitations of the status quo at those times, I came out “too much and too far.” The outside influences and opinions of other people forced parts of me back...

Remaking Manhood and #MeToo with Mark Greene – LOP082

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Mark Greene is an Emmy Winning animator, author, speaker, parent and Senior Editor at The Good Men Project. He is the founder of Remaking Manhood, a Facebook community promoting a wider-ranging conversation about masculinity. Mark’s articles on masculinity have been shared half a million times on social media with 20 million page views. He has...

“Homophobia and Transphobia Are Not Part of My Vocabulary”

When you don’t name LGBTQ people, we don’t exist. We are not immune to populism, the rise of the right, and the far-right in Canada. We are seeing spread in the prejudiced and hateful mindsets and discourse in Canadian opinion and politics. In the recent Alberta election, Jason Kenney and his United Conservative party (UCP) won, seemingly...

“Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs” – A Specious Defence of Prejudice

Were Religions Invented to Control Fear of the Other? Witnessing what is happening in the world – how angry, defensive, and fearful people are of “the other” – I have to wonder, did any form of ego-based prejudice exist against another person’s sexual or romantic expression before religions existed? Consider the latest news out of Texas: “The...

“Are Gay Men REALLY Different?”

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What’s right with gay men. Recently, YouTube superstar, Davey Wavey released the video, “Are Gay Men REALLY Different?”, which he made for Gay Men of Wisdom. I’ve referenced this program/organization and the book, “Gay Men And The New Way Forward” by Raymond Rigoglioso in many episodes of the Living OUT Podcast. The 5-month...

Your Relationship with Your Mind (the Ego) and the Other

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Changing the Structure of Self-Criticism The relationship you have with your mind determines how you feel about yourself. Have you ever noticed your self-talk when you are feeling bad about your actions or behaviours? Do you speak to yourself so critically, that if you were to speak in the same manner to your beloved or a child, you would be...

Are Things Getting Better or Worse in the World?

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Why your intentions, words, and actions matter — in that order. “What’s going on in the world?”, is a refrain I often overhear in conversations. More often than not, the comment is defeatist, meaning the person saying it has no plan to take action, get involved, or seek to make the world a better place. There are at least two reasons for...

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.