CategoryQueer Leadership

Queer Leadership is not about organizing people. Instead, it’s the principle of individuals leading from their difference, their creative uniqueness, not to assimilate into the dominant culture, but to liberate and elevate those oppressed by the dominant status quo.

How to Create Trust and Certainty in Challenging Times

How to Create Trust and Certainty in Challenging Times

The Covid-19 pandemic is social disruption like we’ve never seen before The Covid-19 Pandemic is challenging all of us to remain calm, to not slide into doubt, fear, and the darkness of depression, or worse, to lash out in frustration, anger, and desperation. You might even say, “Well, Darren, how could we not?” While some of us are more...

Owning the Problem Is the Nature of Personal Responsibility

Owning-the-Problem-Nature-of-Personal-Responsibility

If we don’t work on ourselves to understand our true nature, we will never understand human nature in others Personal responsibility is the practice of managing our ego and recognizing that not doing so is a lack of self-awareness, and thus limiting of one’s personal growth and social well-being. When you realize that the ego prefers excuses as a...

Timeless Wisdom in a Pandemic: Give Up the Need for Control

GIVE UP THE NEED FOR CONTROL

A Meditation on Verse 20 of the “Tao Te Ching” — what it can tell us about the COVID-19 Pandemic Do you want to improve the world?I don’t think it can be done. The world is sacred.It can’t be improved.If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it. There is a time for being ahead,a time for being...

Why Gay Shame Is Your Superpower

Why Gay Shame Is Your Superpower

Diversity is a gift of uniqueness and creativity When did you realize that you had to forgive yourself first, before anyone else, for your gay shame? Gay shame is a term used (and possibly coined) by Alan Downs, author of The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing up Gay in a Straight Man’s World. Downs worked as a therapist for gay men, many...

HIV/AIDS in Contrast with the COVID-19 Pandemic — Lessons in History

COVID-19 HIV-AIDS Lessons from the Past

Think Queerly Podcast Leadership Discussion — TQ125 EPISODE SUMMARY What are the similarities and differences between the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics? In what ways are they comparable? Might it be offensive or “triggering” to those who survived the HIV/AIDS pandemic to compare COVID-19 to this period in time? EPISODE NOTES In this Think Queerly...

Canadian Gay Conversion Therapy Survivor, Matt Ashcroft

Canadian Gay Conversion Therapy Survivor, Matt Ashcroft

A Think Queerly Leadership Interview — TQ123 “Conversion therapy is the false belief that diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expressions are illnesses that can be cured through “treatment”. This backwards belief is an abusive and harmful practice that preys on the LGBTQ2+ community, and in particular LGBTQ2+ children...

When Prejudice is a Drag Queen: The Loss of a Transgressive Art Form

When Prejudice is a Drag Queen -The Loss of a Transgressive Art Form

How is drag representative of our queer community? Is it acceptable for a drag queen to make jokes that are racist or transphobic?Old school drag needs to change with the times and learn how to express our more inclusive values as a community.Has drag lost its transgressive nature now that it has become an acceptable capitalist enterprise?Social...

How We Treat Each Other As Queer Leaders

How We Treat Each Other As Queer Leaders

Th-Ink Queerly was founded with a mission statement that informs the ethics of the publication and to create alignment with those who wish to contribute to its evolution. One of the most important directives of the Th-Ink Queerly mission statement is that we  as queer thinkers and writers are purposefully critical of the status quo. At the same...

Inspiration Comes from Within But Support Comes from Other Minds

Inspiration-Comes-from-Within-But-Support-Comes-from-Other-Minds

An invitation to ‘play’ in my Queer Creatives Mastermind Program A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled, Why the World Needs Queer Creativity Now More Than Ever. I started that post with a quote, which is worth repeating: “If you are on a mission to discover what you have to offer, and to bring it out into the world, every moment...

If You Had a Message to Your Younger, Queer Self, What Would it Be?

If You Had a Message to Your Younger, Queer Self, What Would it Be

In August 2019, for the second year in a row, I attended Fierté Montreal Pride with my partner, Christiaan. Montreal Pride has an energy to it that is unique and quite different from Toronto Pride. I don’t know anything about the politics (other than the history of two competing Pride Festivals for several years until one organization finally...

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.