Gay Elder Circle Monthly Meeting – January 12, 2020

As we begin a new decade and a new decade for the Gay Elder Circle we look to both our history and our future.  At our January monthly meeting we will reflect on where we are as an organization.  Are we still true to our original purpose while also looking towards our future. 

We illustrate our journey this calendar year through the image of the Green Man who is able to represent our interconnectedness with nature and with each other.  “The Green Man is believed to have been intended as a symbol of growth and rebirth, the eternal seasonal cycle of the coming of spring and the life of Man.  This association stems from the pre-Christian notion that Man was born from nature, as evidenced by various mythological accounts of the way in which the world began, and the idea that Man is directly tied to the fate of nature.”  Many cultures have a variation of the Green Man therefore he is not limited to one culture or continent.  

While we look forward we ask you what are you looking for in the Gay Elder Circle.  Are there topics you would like to address/discuss?  Are there workshops or panel discussions which capture your interest?  Part of what we would like to accomplish going forward is to be more engaging with our members and our community.      

Occasionally we share our Ancestor Wisdom and books that we have read in our official Minutes.  Do you like our sharing of these quotes and books?  Let us know as your feedback improves our service to the community.  

As we reflect on this journey looking back and forward we are glad to provide a thoughtful article on “The End of Men’s Magazines” written by Brian Patrick Eha.  While the article is hetro-normative in its content there is overlap in some issues at the same time its a fascinating observance of how these periodicals, and the audience who read them have shifted over time.  Are gay and bi men participants?, or participant-observers? 

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