Stop it! No more mediocre living. Dreaming and not doing. Apologizing for living your life your way. Host Rick Clemons – bold move badass and coming out expert – sez “Live Life Uncloseted dammit!” Each episode he takes you on a brash, fun, and in your face, provocative storytelling ride to escape your crazy making thoughts, explore your fears, and unabashedly elevate your self-expression so you can live your LIFE UNCLOSETED - whether you're LGBTQ or heteronormative.
Gay and over 40 does not mean you're put out to pasture - Will Smith
You might argue that being over 40 is no different for gay men versus straight men. On the surface that may seem correct. However, straight men don't have a history of having to deal with lack of acceptance, or missing role models everywhere they look of what life is like as a heterosexual. In fact, most straight men - even though I have no science to back this up - probably don't deal with loneliness and isolation near as much as gay men. Regardless of where you stand, being gay after 40 is like being told you're being put out to pasture.
Today, Will Smith - founder of GayLifeAfter40.com - shares candid perspectives on the challenges gay men face as they age, and he even unveils a scammy way daters are taking gay men down scary paths that have horrible impact on their lives.
What Scares You Most About Coming Out - Trent Park
Needed to come out before his family found out.
About TrentTrent Park is out now with “Scare Me Most”, the first of his new singles and music videos that he will be releasing this summer. Written and produced by the artist in collaboration with his creative partner Bodes, the haunting Pop/hip-hop track paints love as the villain in Park’s life story; something with as much potential to inflict pain as it does to bring joy.
Park admits, “For me, the most terrifying thing in life is love. So many times, I’ve invested in relationships that weren’t real or I foolishly believed there was a spark only to find out it was one sided. ‘Scare Me Most’ is about my desire (mixed with horror) to have the real die-for-you type of love as opposed to the weak, Netflix and chill/it’s complicated type of love most people are after these days.” Trent Park’s “Scare Me Most” is being distributed independently and is available via Apple Music, Spotify, and all digital platforms. The music video is available on YouTube.
As an indie artist, now with no management or backing, Trent Park acknowledges the benefits to music being the #1 love in his life. The absence of romantic love allows his focus to be solely on creating and ingesting art. Music is his business and Park has a job to do. He even refuses to wait around for inspiration. He spends his days pushing himself into creativity: constantly searching, fighting and working for it.
Trent Park was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, the son of a black minister father and a Mexican minister mother. As one of two people of color in an all-white private Christian school, he learned to adjust to different situations, like a chameleon. “My whole life was playing a part, switching constantly to appeal to the crowd I was hanging around,” he explains. As he grew older, his outsider status was only compounded by the fact that Trent is gay.
“It wasn’t until after college when I moved to the west coast that I finally met people that looked like me. I saw black, gay, music industry professionals, fully open with their sexualities and living the life I wanted to live. It was the coolest thing and it really helped my confidence to grow so that I could walk boldly in my truth.”
“What I know today is that being a cocktail of minorities makes me special and it’s that unique perspective that I look forward to serving.”
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A Bisexual Perspective for National Coming Out Day – Melissa DaSilva
The "B" in LGBTQ is often the people told to "pick a lane, just pick a lane!" Yet, more people are bisexual than would want to admit it. Thus the reason on this two eves, before National Coming Out Day we decided to explore the other side of the closet with a bisexual queer person. It's a fun exploration with my friend Melissa DaSilva - a coach and therapist who works with LGBTQ folks to help them be themselves.
We explore her coming out - which really wasn't a huge coming out, and how she finds it being in the world of the bisexual, when everyone seems to have very interesting thoughts about what a bisexual needs and should do to fit in.
Breaking Out of The Music Closet as a Boomer - Michael Fairman
It's time to uncloset ageism. No more saying, "You're to old!" You're only as old as you buy into the voice in your head. But, you have to believe that too. Breaking the barriers as an artist, Michael Fairman is coming out of the closet as a 'Boomer' signer, songwriter, giving the young pop singer crowd a run for their money. His coming out story is not only about being a gay man, but being a 'Boomer' gay man who is going to use his voice to entertain, even when people say, "That's nice," which is code for "Good luck with that boomer, you're to old for the music industry."
He's not buying into that thought and he's coming out of the ageism closet to prove the doubters wrong with his new single, "Other Side." This is his coming out story.
Tiny Leaps, Big Changes - Gregg Clunis
Let's get that great paying job. Oh wait, that's way to big of a step. Let's take that trip around the world. Oh wait, that's to big of a step. Let's finally come out of the closet. Oh wait, that's to big of a step. Life is full of big steps, that lead to big changes, but the key is realizing, you can get there with tiny steps.
Author Gregg Clunis - Tiny Leaps, Big Changes - shares insights on how all big changes come from the tiny leaps you take every day.
Uncloseting your Hidden Demons - David Clive Price
Let's be honest. We all have little demons that infest our thoughts and prevent us from being who we really want to be and are capable of being. Some of these little demons are hidden demons. Yet, we all have more control over them than we give ourselves credit.
David Clive Price, author of Hidden Demons, shares his tools for getting at those hidden demons so that you can step into your life, whether you are coming out of the closet, or taking your next big risk. You've got to dump the demons unless you wish to stay isolated in your own miserable life.
(https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Demons-Overcome-Addiction-Uncertain/dp/1984595059/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=Hidden+Demons&qid=1594071661&sr=8-4)AboutDr. David Price is a #1 Best-Selling Author of, Bamboo Strong: Cultural Intelligence Secrets and the newly published Hidden Demons: How to Overcome Fear, Anxiety and Addiction to Thrive in Crisis. The story of Hidden Demons is raw and straightforward. Just like many of us in these difficult times, the author battles with hardships as he searches for a way to self-acceptance, overcoming alcoholism, fear of coming out as gay man (in the 1970s) and finding his true love. It is the story of David’s life, yet it is also a story of how each one of us can conquer adversity, find one’s true self, and the become the best that we can possibly be. David has spent decades living and working across the globe as a CEO and LGBTQ +
Life Coach, helping leaders to achieve their full potential...to develop mental and emotional resilience in new and challenging environments.
Connect With DavidWebsite (http://davidcliveprice.com)
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Love the topic
This topic of being bold is right up my alley. Rick is an intelligent and empathetic host
Rick is an AWESOME Interviewer!
Rick brings a casualness and ease to all his podcast interviews. I've been listening to him for quite some time and always enjoyed his conversational, light, yet indepth approach. Having been both interviewed by Rick as well as an interviewer myself, he makes the art of conversation look effortless. Well worth the time and the listen!