Wednesday, April 27, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Anti-Discrimination Laws



What effect do you feel recent religious freedom bills could have on the LGBT community? Have you ever had to provide services for someone over your personal moral objections for the sake of your job? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Derrick Jones, Gerald Hogan and Malcolm Travers join host Breeze Vincinz in a discussion about how anti-discrimination laws can affect individuals and the community.
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Prince! Live!


Originally published in the Mellifluous Breeze

Years ago I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the little man who sits alone in a paisley park, under the cherry moon while it rains purple… it’s the sign o’ times, it’s the sign o’ the times, it’s the sign o’ the times. It was during a queer little period of his career when he decided to hold camp at the Forum in Los Angeles for 21 days.

One day after I settled down into my chair at my local coffee shop and checked my email, I got a message from the Amel Larriuex fan club saying that she would be opening up for Prince that evening. At this point, just about everybody in the city had seen him, especially with tickets going for as low as $25. Now every time I tried to get those tickets they usually ran between $75 and $150. And with the mountain of expenses I procured at the time, I had conceded to the fact that $25 Prince tickets were just an “Urban Legend” and that I would just have to skip a possibly monumental, once in a lifetime opportunity; but for shits and giggles, I clicked on the link in her email to see… and there they were $25… total. No convenience fee, no handling fee… $25. That’s it. Holy. Shit.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Musings of a Philosophical Bear: It's All a Game

by Malcolm Travers


When I was a believer and went to church regularly, there was this married couple I used to eavesdrop on the regular. The husband often bragged to his friends about his golf game, but his wife would tell another story. When he came home from golf, she knew not to ask how the game went. As much as he put on a front with his friends about how good he was, she knew it went one of two ways. He would talk about it for hours, about each great shot he took which bored the hell out of her, or he'd be upset for days ranting over how this or that is unfair or what was wrong with the country club. One day the husband came home clearly upset about the game, but he wasn't talking to her. He wasn't being rude, just passive aggressive. Normally she would have put up with it, but for some reason she had enough, and she told him "honey it's just a game." And he said "it's more than a game, it's a way of life, golf is life" She wanted to roll her eyes, but she stopped herself and said, "well then if golf is life then that means life is just a game." 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Rewriting History


Are we quick to forget the good actions of a bad person because they conflict with our view of who they are? Have you had someone rewire the events of your life to better conform to their concept of who you are? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Breeze Vincinz, Lonnie Richardson and Mark O Estes join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion about how cognitive dissonance can sometimes influence our view of past events.
 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Decline of the Gayberhood


Do you the think the decision of more gay men and women to stay in more conservative areas weakens our collective social and political power? What advice would you give to someone who is considering a move from a more rural area to a more traditional gay mecca? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Breeze Vincinz, Lonnie Richardson and Mark O Estes join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion about the pros and cons of relocating for social acceptance and opportunities.