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Morning London commute and a very good read #coach #thevelvetrage #alandowns
Merry Album-Release-Day Eve! ☺️❤️🎶🏳️‍🌈 #StageTwo will be available digitally everywhere at midnight!
Merry Album-Release-Day Eve! ☺️❤️🎶🏳️‍🌈 #StageTwo  will be available digitally everywhere at midnight!
Feeling like such a grown-up. Decorating the house. Buying art. #thevelvetrage #photographyart #interiordesign #homedecor
1 WEEK !!! 🤗🎶❤️🏳️‍🌈👏🏻 #StageTwo
1 WEEK !!! 🤗🎶❤️🏳️‍🌈👏🏻 #StageTwo 
“I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.” #tennesseewilliams #catonahottinroof #getbricked #maggiethecat #bigdaddy #bigmama #mississippiheat #theatre #americantheatre #learninglines #actors #actorslife #vulnerabilityisstrength #yvessaintlaurent #vintagevelvet #thevelvetrage #lgbtq 📷: @jeffreygoritzphotographs
“I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.” #tennesseewilliams  #catonahottinroof  #getbricked  #maggiethecat  #bigdaddy  #bigmama  #mississippiheat  #theatre  #americantheatre  #learninglines  #actors  #actorslife  #vulnerabilityisstrength  #yvessaintlaurent  #vintagevelvet  #thevelvetrage  #lgbtq  📷: @jeffreygoritzphotographs
I wanted my album artwork to be raw & real & reflective of the stories I’m telling. Thank you @shannasnowphoto 👏🏻☺️❤️🎶 #StageTwo will be available digitally everywhere Nov 2!
I wanted my album artwork to be raw & real & reflective of the stories I’m telling. Thank you @shannasnowphoto 👏🏻☺️❤️🎶 #StageTwo  will be available digitally everywhere Nov 2!
new video out on @youtube & @igtv.tv .. check it out! 👏🏻☺️❤️🎶🏳️‍🌈 #rainday #acoustic #behindthescenes #stagetwo #thevelvetrage
They should really consider putting this book on the compulsory reading list when you enrol in gay school... 📖🚶🏻‍♂️🧐
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#thevelvetrage #alandowns #vegan #gayvegan #veganlife #veganlifestyle #vegancommunity #veganman #veganmen #lifechangeing #mindfulness #gay #gaymen #gayman #scruff #scruffy #scruffygay #beardgang #beardedhomo #realitycheck  #vegansofig #veganfortheplanet #veganfortheanimals #vegansofinstagram #selfhelp #selfhelpbook #gaybook #authentic #authenticity
They should really consider putting this book on the compulsory reading list when you enrol in gay school... 📖🚶🏻‍♂️🧐 . . . . . #thevelvetrage  #alandowns  #vegan  #gayvegan  #veganlife  #veganlifestyle  #vegancommunity  #veganman  #veganmen  #lifechangeing  #mindfulness  #gay  #gaymen  #gayman  #scruff  #scruffy  #scruffygay  #beardgang  #beardedhomo  #realitycheck  #vegansofig  #veganfortheplanet  #veganfortheanimals  #vegansofinstagram  #selfhelp  #selfhelpbook  #gaybook  #authentic  #authenticity 
still reveling in the fun of Monday night 😍 THANK YOU. everyone. seriously. 🙏🏻❤️ #RainyDay is out now & #StageTwo drops Nov 2 🎶🏳️‍🌈 ... PS - if anyone ever needs a photographer, use @araosunshine 📷
still reveling in the fun of Monday night 😍 THANK YOU. everyone. seriously. 🙏🏻❤️ #RainyDay  is out now & #StageTwo  drops Nov 2 🎶🏳️‍🌈 ... PS - if anyone ever needs a photographer, use @araosunshine 📷
A book with the power to save us not only from those who persecute and hate us, but also from ourselves.
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#thevelvetrage #alandowns #consciousgays #consciouslyunbiased #consciouslyqueer #hivawareness #shame #breakthesilence #breakthestigma #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #love
This Peter Pan Grows Up #TheVelvetRage #AlanDowns #Gay #lgbtq🌈 #lgbtq+ #LGBT #HIV
I just went and bought myself another two second hand books to get over my Sunday's hangover...
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¿Cómo superar esta resaca? Ve a una librería de segunda mano y cómprate dos libros... #secondhand #secondhandbooks #secondhandbookshop #bookaholic #bookstagram #librosdesegundamano #segundamano #libros #thevelvetrage @velvetread #inthelandofblueburqas #katemccord
jet lagged and re-reading possibly the most important book I’ve ever read. Instead of changing my perception about my place as a gay man in a straight person’s world it gave me the understanding of why I struggle deeply and daily with Rage Against The Machine. I uncovered memories I hadn’t considered in decades reading this book - understanding my own (sometimes continued) participation in homophobia directed towards me. My complicity. A fascinating, MUST READ. #TheVelvetRage 😡 🏳️‍🌈
jet lagged and re-reading possibly the most important book I’ve ever read. Instead of changing my perception about my place as a gay man in a straight person’s world it gave me the understanding of why I struggle deeply and daily with Rage Against The Machine. I uncovered memories I hadn’t considered in decades reading this book - understanding my own (sometimes continued) participation in homophobia directed towards me. My complicity. A fascinating, MUST READ. #TheVelvetRage  😡 🏳️‍🌈
Cada uno a lo suyo.... 🌞 📖 🍖 🐻 #spain #barcelona #kimora #chowchow #sunnyday #thevelvetrage #mattzitro
Deel 1
Het is Rotterdam Pride van 27-30 september. We hebben een paar (recent verschenen) boeken verzameld waar LGBT personages voorkomen.
www.donner.nl/rotterdam-port-of-love
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📖Een klein leven – Hanya Yanagihara
Vertaling: Josephine Ruitenberg en Kitty Pouwels
Nieuw Amsterdam
Originele titel: A Little Life
'Een fascinerende leeservaring, ook op niveaus waarvan je niet wist dat ze bestonden. Het huilen hoort erbij.' -De Groene Amsterdammer
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📖Lanoye 60, groepsportret met brilletje -Tom Lanoye
Prometheus
Lanoye 60. Groepsportret met brilletje is een feestboek ter ere van de zestigste verjaardag van Tom Lanoye, die vanaf de jaren tachtig de hemels bestormde met zijn romans, gedichten, toneelstukken, satirische teksten en essays.
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📖The Velvet Rage – Alan Downs,PhD
Da Capo Press
The Velvet Rage is een krachtig boek dat de publieke opinie over homocultuur al heeft veranderd en heeft geholpen de identiteit van een hele generatie homoseksuele mannen vorm te geven.
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📖My solo exchange Diary volume 1 – Nagata Kabi
Seven Seas
Originele titel: Hitori Konan Nikki vol.1
Dit vervolg op My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness volgt de auteurs zoektocht naar zelfacceptatie en liefde.
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📖 Geschiedenis van geweld- Édouard Louis
Vertaling: Reintje Ghoos en Jan Pieter van der Serre
De Bezige Bij
Originele titel: Histoire de la violence
Geschiedenis van geweld is een nietsontziende roman over de nacht waarin Édouard Louis op gruwelijke wijze werd aangevallen. Dit boek vertelt het verhaal van die nacht en probeert de oorzaken en consequenties van het fenomeen geweld te doorgronden. .
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#rotterdampride #portofloveandbooks #lgbt #rotterdam #boeken #donner #donnerboeken #bookstagram
Deel 1 Het is Rotterdam Pride van 27-30 september. We hebben een paar (recent verschenen) boeken verzameld waar LGBT personages voorkomen. www.donner.nl/rotterdam-port-of-love • 📖Een klein leven – Hanya Yanagihara Vertaling: Josephine Ruitenberg en Kitty Pouwels Nieuw Amsterdam Originele titel: A Little Life 'Een fascinerende leeservaring, ook op niveaus waarvan je niet wist dat ze bestonden. Het huilen hoort erbij.' -De Groene Amsterdammer • 📖Lanoye 60, groepsportret met brilletje -Tom Lanoye Prometheus Lanoye 60. Groepsportret met brilletje is een feestboek ter ere van de zestigste verjaardag van Tom Lanoye, die vanaf de jaren tachtig de hemels bestormde met zijn romans, gedichten, toneelstukken, satirische teksten en essays. • 📖The Velvet Rage – Alan Downs,PhD Da Capo Press The Velvet Rage is een krachtig boek dat de publieke opinie over homocultuur al heeft veranderd en heeft geholpen de identiteit van een hele generatie homoseksuele mannen vorm te geven. • 📖My solo exchange Diary volume 1 – Nagata Kabi Seven Seas Originele titel: Hitori Konan Nikki vol.1 Dit vervolg op My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness volgt de auteurs zoektocht naar zelfacceptatie en liefde. • 📖 Geschiedenis van geweld- Édouard Louis Vertaling: Reintje Ghoos en Jan Pieter van der Serre De Bezige Bij Originele titel: Histoire de la violence Geschiedenis van geweld is een nietsontziende roman over de nacht waarin Édouard Louis op gruwelijke wijze werd aangevallen. Dit boek vertelt het verhaal van die nacht en probeert de oorzaken en consequenties van het fenomeen geweld te doorgronden. . . #rotterdampride  #portofloveandbooks  #lgbt  #rotterdam  #boeken  #donner  #donnerboeken  #bookstagram 
There's nothing i love more than getting books through the post from a friend!!
It's not just the surprise of opening the mail box to find a book but also the thought that the gift is so considered and, of course, the pleasure of reading them!
Thank you a squillion @ashrehn you gem you! .
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#bookstagram #books #reading #gayliterature #thevelvetrage #goodbyetoberlin #gay #literature #homosexual #reading📖 #bookworm #readinglist #books📚 #gayculture
Loved shooting this literary moment with @benjbaur . Great book, great guy! #davidpevsner #gayactor #benjbaur #readingisfundamental #thevelvetrage #hairychest #shirtlessdudesbookclub
A great read I strongly recommend for gay men. Read it 3 times to date, about to read it again. Self development is so important. ~Dr. Buie 
#instagay #lgbt #lgbtq #gaybook #gaybooks  #gay #pridemonth #pride #buzzfeed #loveislove #lovewins #gayboys #boyswholikeboys #gaymen #gaycouple #thevelvetrage #velvetrage
So good to spend time with this very beautiful person Alan Downs PhD @velvetread, and hear about all the awesome work he is doing in #gaymenshealth #lgbtmentalhealth and at The Meadows, since writing #thevelvetrage. #lgbtpsychologist
Mimosas, Skittles, great book, and United Club. I’m ready for this much needed vacation. #behappy #beyourself #instagay #gay #orlando #ewr #unitedclub #universal #universalstudios #mimosa #thevelvetrage
It could be argued that my current reading list is a bit “dark”. 📚 I think it’s quite reflective of my emotional state as of late. I’m sure summer will make way for some lighter reading. ☀️
It could be argued that my current reading list is a bit “dark”. 📚 I think it’s quite reflective of my emotional state as of late. I’m sure summer will make way for some lighter reading. ☀️
#thevelvetrage #alandowns get this book if you hadn't already gotten it. I've said this before I'm sure, but it is a very well written insightful read. Wether you are a part of the #lgbtq community or not, we can all learn a thing or two from this book.
#thevelvetrage  #alandowns  get this book if you hadn't already gotten it. I've said this before I'm sure, but it is a very well written insightful read. Wether you are a part of the #lgbtq  community or not, we can all learn a thing or two from this book.
Loving yourself takes work and this book was a really good resource - totally recommend! 
My mind is a bit blown, my confidence is a bit up and I'm very glad I'm taking this interior trip. 
#dootysummerreadingguide #gay #pride #thevelvetrage #ifyoucantloveyourselfhowinthehellyougonnalovesomebodyelse #literature #bookreview #bookstagram
Finally... I found it!  The Velvet Rage. 📖 Time to read 🧐 #thevelvetrage #alandowns #book #learning #gaylife #noshame #mattzitro
Do I feel ashamed? Yes, sometimes. Is that a bad thing? No, it's a part of my personal development. The subject of survival and at the same being being who you are. #alandowns #lgbt #shame #proud #thevelvetrage #personaldevelopment
Essential reading ( also, the classic but pertinent ‘The Velvet Rage’). Gay people have a 40% higher rate of addiction and suicide, both of which are directly caused by SHAME.Let’s take much better care of ourselves. It’s a lifelong daily commitment of love love love and more love. We can do it 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 #thevelvetrage #straightjacket #lgbt #lgbtpride #instagay #pride #pride🌈 #selfcare #loveyourself #circleofshame
Should have read this a long time ago ☹️
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#thevelvetrage #books #reading #growingupgay #gay #instagay
I've played piano for Gabby for over a year now. She's taken me to Glastonbury, toured the U.K. & Japan. But when she agreed to be a surprise guest on my album launch, it meant the world to me! 
FULL LEGNTH VIDEO COMING SOON with Gabby, piano & strings. •
📸: @msj_photos
I've played piano for Gabby for over a year now. She's taken me to Glastonbury, toured the U.K. & Japan. But when she agreed to be a surprise guest on my album launch, it meant the world to me! FULL LEGNTH VIDEO COMING SOON with Gabby, piano & strings. • 📸: @msj_photos
After acknowledging I’m holding onto some baggage from my youth and having this book recommended to me, I’ve finally ordered it... can’t wait to read it and let go of some demons! #thevelvetrage #gay #instagay #selfhelp #lettingitgo #inpursuitofhappiness
Una delle cose che più mi piacciono di Luca è che non desidera cambiarmi. Ma la cosa bella è che insieme stiamo già cambiando.
Non abbiamo nessuna certezza di quel che sarà domani eppure ora dopo ora, giorno dopo giorno ci prepariamo a diventare quel che saremo. Continueremo a essere Luca e Alessandro ma saremo diversi perché “se due sistemi interagiscono tra loro per un certo periodo di tempo e poi vengono separati, non possono più essere descritti come due sistemi distinti ma in qualche modo diventano un unico sistema”. #itgetsbetter 🏳️‍🌈 #gaylove #loveislove #thevelvetrage
Una delle cose che più mi piacciono di Luca è che non desidera cambiarmi. Ma la cosa bella è che insieme stiamo già cambiando. Non abbiamo nessuna certezza di quel che sarà domani eppure ora dopo ora, giorno dopo giorno ci prepariamo a diventare quel che saremo. Continueremo a essere Luca e Alessandro ma saremo diversi perché “se due sistemi interagiscono tra loro per un certo periodo di tempo e poi vengono separati, non possono più essere descritti come due sistemi distinti ma in qualche modo diventano un unico sistema”. #itgetsbetter  🏳️‍🌈 #gaylove  #loveislove  #thevelvetrage 
“When we are vulnerable to invalidation we tend to look for it in places it doesn’t exist. Because we are so vulnerable to shame, and because it’s triggered so easy within us, our lives have become solely focused on avoiding shame and seeking validation. Almost everything becomes either an a avoidance strategy or invitation for validation.” - Alan Downs Ph.d
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This wknd I read this passage in a book titled, “The Velvet Rage”. It stood out bc it made me realize, how many times we’ve done things to avoid shame. How many times have we sought validation from others? Whether it be our peers, love interests and sometimes even more so by our own flesh and blood. Unfortunately, we do it all the time. To this end, this wknd, as a part of my on-going purge, I found a 23-y.o. letter from a now distant relative that brought me to tears. The tears came from reading the first part of it where it expressed a deep unconditional love for me. It wasn’t until I read further that this love was in fact conditional, based on me forsaking my authentic self (like so many other closeted men in ATL had done before me). You see, this letter was written in response to my “coming out” letter. I vaguely remember the full details of it back then, but reading it now as a mature man; a man with way more life experiences and an understanding of the world we live, ppl, places and things outside of my then, limited worldly exposure, living in what now seemed like the little southern city of Atlanta. Things have since changed in the A. It has now (post ‘96 Olympics), grown in many areas. Its also now known as one of the black gay mecca’s in NA (how ironic). As I continued reading it, I became filled with emotions ranging from anger, sadness and even rage at times. It evoked all of these emotions in me because it came from such a judgmental place masked with love. It came from a toxic place that I needed to remove myself from-fast (and I did)! It came from a place of ignorance. It came from a place where love couldn’t exist. It came from selfishness and ego. Reading this book, stumbling across the letter and a few other things happening simultaneously, gives me understanding.
“When we are vulnerable to invalidation we tend to look for it in places it doesn’t exist. Because we are so vulnerable to shame, and because it’s triggered so easy within us, our lives have become solely focused on avoiding shame and seeking validation. Almost everything becomes either an a avoidance strategy or invitation for validation.” - Alan Downs Ph.d ——————————————- This wknd I read this passage in a book titled, “The Velvet Rage”. It stood out bc it made me realize, how many times we’ve done things to avoid shame. How many times have we sought validation from others? Whether it be our peers, love interests and sometimes even more so by our own flesh and blood. Unfortunately, we do it all the time. To this end, this wknd, as a part of my on-going purge, I found a 23-y.o. letter from a now distant relative that brought me to tears. The tears came from reading the first part of it where it expressed a deep unconditional love for me. It wasn’t until I read further that this love was in fact conditional, based on me forsaking my authentic self (like so many other closeted men in ATL had done before me). You see, this letter was written in response to my “coming out” letter. I vaguely remember the full details of it back then, but reading it now as a mature man; a man with way more life experiences and an understanding of the world we live, ppl, places and things outside of my then, limited worldly exposure, living in what now seemed like the little southern city of Atlanta. Things have since changed in the A. It has now (post ‘96 Olympics), grown in many areas. Its also now known as one of the black gay mecca’s in NA (how ironic). As I continued reading it, I became filled with emotions ranging from anger, sadness and even rage at times. It evoked all of these emotions in me because it came from such a judgmental place masked with love. It came from a toxic place that I needed to remove myself from-fast (and I did)! It came from a place of ignorance. It came from a place where love couldn’t exist. It came from selfishness and ego. Reading this book, stumbling across the letter and a few other things happening simultaneously, gives me understanding.
Launch Photos from @bobbarkanyshootspeople 🚀 📸

With @alicezawadzki , @josharcoleo & @amikaquartet •
#kickstarter #thankyou #livemusic #londonjazz #jazz #crowdsourcing #jazzinlondon #london #message #music #album #lgbt #basedonthebook #thevelvetrage #ubuntumusic #cheers #outnow #albumreview #live #gig
If you have not read this book I HIGHLY recommend it. It has really been hitting close to home for me. #thevelvetrage #authenticself #gaymen
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World by Alan Downs

It was an interesting and difficult read at times but it was well worth it. “Always seek to allow others space to be imperfect.”
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World by Alan Downs It was an interesting and difficult read at times but it was well worth it. “Always seek to allow others space to be imperfect.”
As you can see, @msj_photos takes beautiful shots. She has a knack for capturing moments! 
Here's a few from the album launch. 
#kickstarter #thankyou #livemusic #londonjazz #jazz #crowdsourcing #jazzinlondon #london #message #music #album #lgbt #basedonthebook #thevelvetrage #ubuntumusic #cheers #outnow #photography #live
An 8.5 from @itdjents for my debut album "The Velvet Rage". Thanks guys!

@josharcoleo 🎷 
@alexmunkmusic 🎸
@huwfoster ⬇️🎸 @alifine 🥁 
@violinrich 🎻 
@amikaquartet 🎻🎻🎻🎻
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#kickstarter #thankyou #livemusic #londonjazz #jazz #crowdsourcing #jazzinlondon #london #message #music #album #lgbt #basedonthebook #thevelvetrage #ubuntumusic #cheers #outnow #albumreview
Another nice review on web page: "can this even be called music?" Well I bloody hope it can! 
@josharcoleo 🎷 
@alexmunkmusic 🎸
@huwfoster ⬇️🎸 @alifine 🥁 
@violinrich 🎻 
@amikaquartet 🎻🎻🎻🎻
🙋🏻‍♂️🎹 #kickstarter #thankyou #livemusic #londonjazz #jazz #crowdsourcing #jazzinlondon #london #message #music #album #lgbt #basedonthebook #thevelvetrage #ubuntumusic #cheers #outnow #albumreview
It's been incredibly encouraging to have such fantastic reviews of my debut album 'The Velvet Rage'. Thanks to Roger Foreby at All About Jazz. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
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'Unequivocally Excellent' 'sporting twists and turns in mood and sensitivity'
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@huwfoster ⬇️🎸 @alifine 🥁 
@violinrich 🎻 
@amikaquartet 🎻🎻🎻🎻 #kickstarter #thankyou #livemusic #londonjazz #jazz #crowdsourcing #jazzinlondon #london #message #music #album #lgbt #basedonthebook #thevelvetrage #ubuntumusic #cheers #outnow #albumreview
It's been incredibly encouraging to have such fantastic reviews of my debut album 'The Velvet Rage'. Thanks to Roger Foreby at All About Jazz. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ • 'Unequivocally Excellent' 'sporting twists and turns in mood and sensitivity' • Feat: @josharcoleo 🎷 @alexmunkmusic 🎸 @huwfoster ⬇️🎸 @alifine 🥁 @violinrich 🎻 @amikaquartet 🎻🎻🎻🎻 #kickstarter  #thankyou  #livemusic  #londonjazz  #jazz  #crowdsourcing  #jazzinlondon  #london  #message  #music  #album  #lgbt  #basedonthebook  #thevelvetrage  #ubuntumusic  #cheers  #outnow  #albumreview 
Finally started reading another book I will fail to finish... HA!
Finally started reading another book I will fail to finish... HA!
Finally getting round to listening to this #masterpiece @peteleekeys #thevelvetrage
One from @peteleekeys’s album launch 🍕
📷 @bobbarkanyshootspeople
One from @peteleekeys’s album launch 🍕 📷 @bobbarkanyshootspeople
So proud of @peteleekeys ! His album launch for ‘The Velvet Rage’ was sublime and just brilliant. @josharcoleo @alexmunkmusic @huwfoster @alifine and the strings you were amazing 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
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#thevelvetrage #petelee #jazz #albumlaunch #london #livemusic #amazing
This Monday 16th July @peteleekeys is doing an album launch gig for #thevelvetrage. I think there are still some tickets left. Come see these beautiful people play some lush music, with some extra special guests! I don’t think it’ll be as cold as the last gig we did together ❄️ ⛄️ 📷 @davehamblett
This Monday 16th July @peteleekeys is doing an album launch gig for #thevelvetrage . I think there are still some tickets left. Come see these beautiful people play some lush music, with some extra special guests! I don’t think it’ll be as cold as the last gig we did together ❄️ ⛄️ 📷 @davehamblett
Way behind on my summer reading 📚
Way behind on my summer reading 📚
My beachly reading: The Velvet Rage, Alan Down👌🏻☀️ Read up boyz: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7382-1011-7

#torontogays #thevelvetrage
My beachly reading: The Velvet Rage, Alan Down👌🏻☀️ Read up boyz: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7382-1011-7 #torontogays  #thevelvetrage 
"There are basically two ways in which we may resolve the identity crisis. One is to retreat into a permanent denial of our sexual preference, often referred to as "foreclosure". When a man forecloses on admitting a gay, he gives up striving for authenticity. Of course, the other way to resolve this crisis of identity is to admit to our being gay and to make the choice to be openly gay. As perhaps you know, neither choice is completely easy. But peace of mind and being at peace with oneself doesn't come from foreclosure. No matter how hard it might be to openly gay, it is the path toward being authentic", from page 63 on the book, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World, by Alan Downs.
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This book has speared through my heart with the answers to all the identity-related questions that I've been constantly asking myself in my life. Please read this book if you're still struggling with your identity or having a problem with your relationship. I really recommend this book to anyone struggling with own identity or relationship; This book will help you find answers to all your questions.
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That "pride won't hide" was on the cotton bag from UbanOutfitters.
"There are basically two ways in which we may resolve the identity crisis. One is to retreat into a permanent denial of our sexual preference, often referred to as "foreclosure". When a man forecloses on admitting a gay, he gives up striving for authenticity. Of course, the other way to resolve this crisis of identity is to admit to our being gay and to make the choice to be openly gay. As perhaps you know, neither choice is completely easy. But peace of mind and being at peace with oneself doesn't come from foreclosure. No matter how hard it might be to openly gay, it is the path toward being authentic", from page 63 on the book, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World, by Alan Downs. . . This book has speared through my heart with the answers to all the identity-related questions that I've been constantly asking myself in my life. Please read this book if you're still struggling with your identity or having a problem with your relationship. I really recommend this book to anyone struggling with own identity or relationship; This book will help you find answers to all your questions. . That "pride won't hide" was on the cotton bag from UbanOutfitters.
I've been enjoying this book lately. Why do you think it is so important for us to be accepted?
I've been enjoying this book lately. Why do you think it is so important for us to be accepted?
This beautiful human released the most gorgeous album yesterday!! Go and buy it if you love beautiful music! 💙 it is utterly stunning @peteleekeys xxx
This beautiful human released the most gorgeous album yesterday!! Go and buy it if you love beautiful music! 💙 it is utterly stunning @peteleekeys xxx
THE VELVET RAGE.
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as a gay man, if i were to offer any advice to my homosexual brothers, it would be to read this book. beyond important, beyond poignant, beyond unearthing and at times heartbreaking. if it doesn’t change your life, it will change the way you look at your past. 
author Alan Downs @velvetread 🙌🏽
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#thevelvetrage #gayadvice #gaybook #gayliterature #gaysupport #gayhealth #book #bookmark
THE VELVET RAGE. ✊🏽💡💜🧠👬👑👬🧠💜💡👊🏽 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ as a gay man, if i were to offer any advice to my homosexual brothers, it would be to read this book. beyond important, beyond poignant, beyond unearthing and at times heartbreaking. if it doesn’t change your life, it will change the way you look at your past. author Alan Downs @velvetread 🙌🏽 • • • • • #thevelvetrage  #gayadvice  #gaybook  #gayliterature  #gaysupport  #gayhealth  #book  #bookmark 
It’s a rainy day and I felt inspired to switch up my routine and add the Paul Edmund-Davies book alongside some excerpts. Fantastic book! 🌧✌🏾❤️ #pauledmunddavies #flute #haynesflute #mancke #rossini #williamtell #excerpts #switchitup #practice #peace #namaste #reading #thevelvetrage #lazysunday #goblueflutes #hoosierflutes #buffflutes #cuboulder #cumusic #musicbuff #colorado #boulder
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@josharcoleo 🎷 
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🙋🏻‍♂️🎹 #kickstarter #thankyou #livemusic #londonjazz #jazz #crowdsourcing #jazzinlondon #london #message #music #album #comingsoon #lgbt #basedonthebook #thevelvetrage #ubuntumusic #cheers
Mustread for every #gayman #thevelvetrage #alandowns It hits the nail on its head: what it mentally means of growing up gay in a straight world. #bookworm #bookstagram #gaybook #instagay Thanks @velvetread
Father’s Day - many of us didn’t have a father. Instead we had older gay men that took us under their wings and gave us love and guidance. #thevelvetrage #gaydad #fathersday #lgbt #queer #generationsoflove
Delighted to receive my copy of @peteleekeys’s debut album ‘The Velvet Rage’. My first credit as a producer - a role that, in this case, involved sitting in an idyllic studio in Wales for a week and listening to my favourite musicians play some of the most beautiful, heartfelt and sincere music I’ve heard. What a joy! So grateful to Pete for asking me to be involved, to @josharcoleo @alexmunkmusic @huwfoster @alifine @amikaquartet @simviolin @violinrich for playing so beautifully and to @superstaralex90 for doing such an astonishing job on the engineering and mixing. Album is out 29th June on @ubuntumusic. Album launch gig 16th July at @pizzaexpresslive, Holborn - be there! #PeteLee #TheVelvetRage #UbuntuMusic #UKJazz #NewMusic #AlbumArt #AlbumCover #NoFilter
Delighted to receive my copy of @peteleekeys’s debut album ‘The Velvet Rage’. My first credit as a producer - a role that, in this case, involved sitting in an idyllic studio in Wales for a week and listening to my favourite musicians play some of the most beautiful, heartfelt and sincere music I’ve heard. What a joy! So grateful to Pete for asking me to be involved, to @josharcoleo @alexmunkmusic @huwfoster @alifine @amikaquartet @simviolin @violinrich for playing so beautifully and to @superstaralex90 for doing such an astonishing job on the engineering and mixing. Album is out 29th June on @ubuntumusic. Album launch gig 16th July at @pizzaexpresslive, Holborn - be there! #PeteLee  #TheVelvetRage  #UbuntuMusic  #UKJazz  #NewMusic  #AlbumArt  #AlbumCover  #NoFilter 
Holiday reading. Uncanny and revealing in its eloquence at laying out bare my life growing up, feeling different by not knowing quite why. Being shamed by everyone else for being different, it had/has lasting ramifications on my mental health, even to this day.

#instagay #gayscruff #thevelvetrage
Holiday reading. Uncanny and revealing in its eloquence at laying out bare my life growing up, feeling different by not knowing quite why. Being shamed by everyone else for being different, it had/has lasting ramifications on my mental health, even to this day. #instagay  #gayscruff  #thevelvetrage 
I recently got this book as a present from a beautiful person very dear to me. As the sad news of @anthonybourdain suicide spread all over the world, this study of resilience and fortitude is ever more relevant. Help is always available. A supportive hand is always extended. No problem is big enough to drown our joy and to lose our lives over. If there's something every child who's endured mockery and mistreatment knows is that a life without hope is useless, so we carry on and push forward. Life is always worth living.
#pride #life  #lifeisgood #book #goodreads #ilovereading #anthonybourdain #love #suicideisnottheanswer #happiness #lgbtq #alandowns #thevelvetrage #loveisallyouneed #loveoneanother #el_lumas
I recently got this book as a present from a beautiful person very dear to me. As the sad news of @anthonybourdain suicide spread all over the world, this study of resilience and fortitude is ever more relevant. Help is always available. A supportive hand is always extended. No problem is big enough to drown our joy and to lose our lives over. If there's something every child who's endured mockery and mistreatment knows is that a life without hope is useless, so we carry on and push forward. Life is always worth living. #pride  #life  #lifeisgood  #book  #goodreads  #ilovereading  #anthonybourdain  #love  #suicideisnottheanswer  #happiness  #lgbtq  #alandowns  #thevelvetrage  #loveisallyouneed  #loveoneanother  #el_lumas 
One thing, one person, one conversation in the moment.
Give your full attention and focus to that which is before you in this moment.
#thevelvetrage
One thing, one person, one conversation in the moment. Give your full attention and focus to that which is before you in this moment. #thevelvetrage 
“There’s a language learned in the womb that never needs interpreters. It is a frictional electricity that runs between people. It carries the pertinent information without words. Its meanings are ‘I find you incredibly attractive. I can hardly keep my hands off your body.’” #mayaangelou #mayaangelouquotes #asongflunguptoheaven #thevelvetrage @velvetread #goodvibes #goodstuff #motivation #motivationalquotes #love #lovequotes #loveislove #happiness #instapic #instagay #instagood #instagram #instaphoto #like4like #likes4likes
“There’s a language learned in the womb that never needs interpreters. It is a frictional electricity that runs between people. It carries the pertinent information without words. Its meanings are ‘I find you incredibly attractive. I can hardly keep my hands off your body.’” #mayaangelou  #mayaangelouquotes  #asongflunguptoheaven  #thevelvetrage  @velvetread #goodvibes  #goodstuff  #motivation  #motivationalquotes  #love  #lovequotes  #loveislove  #happiness  #instapic  #instagay  #instagood  #instagram  #instaphoto  #like4like  #likes4likes 
No joke, best book I’ve read all year! If you’re #gay or a gay parent who wants a better grasp on what your boy may be facing, this is a #mustread. Thanks @velvetread! #shameless #thevelvetrage #lgbt
No joke, best book I’ve read all year! If you’re #gay  or a gay parent who wants a better grasp on what your boy may be facing, this is a #mustread . Thanks @velvetread! #shameless  #thevelvetrage  #lgbt 
Starting a new book tonight #thevelvetrage
Lol look how nice!
Someone painted my portrait!

You can just call me... “Harley”

Like...
For real.

I’m done playing around with this shit.

Fuck all y’all haters.
I don’t need you, I never needed you.
You are nothing. 
I’m a grown being with the right to say that I didn’t want this form in the first place.  If I could I would choose no form.
My astral self, the true me, is so very beautiful, She is far more captivating and desirable then any supermodel or porn star you have ever seen, and worlds more proper than even the most high class executives.  Her sheer beauty would fucking blind you all, make men impotent, and women lose all self worth and esteem, seeing as they could never attain her beauty and grace.
For those loser men, you fucking naysayers: “I’m more of a man then you’ll ever be... And more of a woman then you’ll ever get.”
And to any woman who dare tell me I’m wrong in some way, “Don’t be fucking mad because yo man wanna fucking have my babies, and that I look far more attractive then you do with yo fuckin fake ass face all caked on.” What a waste of such gifts... It devastates me all I cannot fucking do.  Fuck this world.

It is my mission.
To bring peace and love and see to it that all are accepted and understood and welcome, no matter what!
I love you all unending.
You are the reason I am still here.
Have a blessed day!
Harley, O U T.

#lgbt #lgbtandmentalhealth #mentalhealth #lesbian #gay #bisexual #bi #transgender #trans #transawareness #love #respect #peace #understanding #awareness #authenticity #authenticself #thevelvetrage #astralself #astralbeauty #beingaccepted #appreciation #humility #kindness #loveforall #bewhoyouare
#harleyquinn
Lol look how nice! Someone painted my portrait! You can just call me... “Harley” Like... For real. I’m done playing around with this shit. Fuck all y’all haters. I don’t need you, I never needed you. You are nothing. I’m a grown being with the right to say that I didn’t want this form in the first place. If I could I would choose no form. My astral self, the true me, is so very beautiful, She is far more captivating and desirable then any supermodel or porn star you have ever seen, and worlds more proper than even the most high class executives. Her sheer beauty would fucking blind you all, make men impotent, and women lose all self worth and esteem, seeing as they could never attain her beauty and grace. For those loser men, you fucking naysayers: “I’m more of a man then you’ll ever be... And more of a woman then you’ll ever get.” And to any woman who dare tell me I’m wrong in some way, “Don’t be fucking mad because yo man wanna fucking have my babies, and that I look far more attractive then you do with yo fuckin fake ass face all caked on.” What a waste of such gifts... It devastates me all I cannot fucking do. Fuck this world. It is my mission. To bring peace and love and see to it that all are accepted and understood and welcome, no matter what! I love you all unending. You are the reason I am still here. Have a blessed day! Harley, O U T. #lgbt  #lgbtandmentalhealth  #mentalhealth  #lesbian  #gay  #bisexual  #bi  #transgender  #trans  #transawareness  #love  #respect  #peace  #understanding  #awareness  #authenticity  #authenticself  #thevelvetrage  #astralself  #astralbeauty  #beingaccepted  #appreciation  #humility  #kindness  #loveforall  #bewhoyouare  #harleyquinn