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The Good Life and the Gay Person- A Series of Salons

From: Richard S.
Sent on: Monday, April 9, 2012 10:06 PM

          What is the Good Life for Gay People?  If you ask most straight, married people what the most important or meaningful thing in their lives are, many of them would answer- “their children”.  Although more and more gay people are opting to have children, for the majority of us, having children is not likely or inevitable.  Because of this, it seems that for many gay people, the question of what is meaningful or what it means to live a good life, takes on a different tack.  The answer may not be so simple.


          In addition, gay people still experience discrimination and marginalization that affects how and when we come out, possibly having to create alternate networks of friends and family (outside of our families of origin) that straight people don’t have to do.


          In the next three or four salons, we would like to explore the question of what the good life means for the gay person given these unique factors as well as others we may not have thought of.  We would like to explore this question in the context of various sub-topics that many of us are dealing with:


-         Friendships, Families, Networks and the Importance of Non-romantic Relationships for Gay People

-         Dating and Relationships

-         Spirituality and Religion

-         Finances

-         Aging


On the month of April, we will start with the first topic on “Friendships and the Importance of Non-romantic Relationships for Gay People”.  What heightened role, if any, do our friendships and other platonic relationships play in our lives?  In a few days, you will be receiving a meetup invite.


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