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Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor: Simple Blessings, San Mateo, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. At Simple Blessings, we love working with gay and lesbian couples – whether you want to tie the knot, jump the broomstick, smash a glass, or even dance down the isle and have your puppy bring the rings (well, maybe not all those things in one ceremony, but, we could try…) – I can help you plan the perfect wedding ceremony. See the Simple Blessings Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in the San Francisco Bay Area The post Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor: Simple Blessings, San Mateo, California appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch.

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Gay Relationships: Stop, Look, & Listen – The 3-Step Approach to Understanding Your Partner – Part One

Do you feel misunderstood by your partner? Seem to keep getting into repetitive arguments over the same things? Have hidden resentments toward him and a mountain of unmet needs? If you’re like a lot of other gay couples, chances are your listening skills might need a jump-start; and if it’s not that, then fine-tuning your ability to listen can go a long way toward bridging the gap between you and your lover and bringing about more clarity and connection in your relationship. Conflict is inevitable when you’re a couple, but how you go about negotiating it can mean the difference between cuddling on the couch together or sleeping on opposite sides of the bed when you retire for the evening. Being able to productively listen...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 10th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! HISTORY: In 1995, one year after the Clinton administration enacted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to address and reenforce the ban on openly gay military servicemen and women, then-representative Bernie Sanders of Vermont delivered a smack-down to then-representative Randall “Duke” Cunningham of California. full story INTERNATIONAL: A new map from Care2 shows which countries now have marriage equality. full story POP CULTURE: In a new clip from Roland Emmerich’s upcoming gay rights bio-pic Stonewall, we meet ...

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Gay Relationships: Building Your Risk-Taker Muscles – Part Two

( continued from yesterday ) We don’t have to be victimized by the system! In actuality, gay men and lesbians can take pride in the fact that we are quite resilient in the face of having to deal with so much stress to achieve the self-acceptance that can be more easily afforded heterosexuals just because their sexual orientation matches the expected mainstream norm. We rock! And that requires self-esteem. 8 Quick Tips for Greater Risk-Taking Efforts If you find that you struggle with shyness, insecurity, anxiety, or inhibition about going after the things you want in your life, the following suggestions might help you in building more confidence and motivating you toward taking more initiative and being more proactive over making your desires come to ...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Vandiver Inn, Havre de Grace, Maryland

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Located in historic waterfront Havre de Grace, MD the Vandiver Inn provides comfortably elegant weddings for the GLBT Community …at a fair and affordable price. Our Mansion, Gazebo and Pavilion offer downtown boutique hotel style with country inn charm. Our large Pavilion is centrally air-conditioned and heated for year-round comfort! See the Vandiver Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Maryland The post Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Vandiver Inn, Havre de Grace, Maryland appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch.

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Gay Relationships: "I’m Not Good Enough For My Partner"

( Gay Relationships: Advice Column By Dr. Brian Rzepczynski ) Dear Dr. Brian:  I have a problem with my partner. We’ve been together for 8 months now, but the last 5 have been constant fighting over my behavior and character. He wants me to change and be more strong like he is, to stop being romantic and so emotional to the point I cry, to separate my personal and work lives, to not be influenced by others, and to be more talkative and have standards in my life. I have tried, but nothing seems to be enough for him. He’s talked about breaking up with me.I don’t know what to do anymore to please him and I don’t want to lose him. What should I do?"  - Backed ...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: j. michaels photography & Video, Rockville Ventre, New York

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. J. Michaels Photography of Rockville Centre, New York, has been family-owned and operated since 1912. We offer the finest in unobtrusive yet professional wedding photography and videography for your Long Island wedding. See the j. michaels photography & Video Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors on Long Island The post Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: j. michaels photography & Video, Rockville Ventre, New York appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch.

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Gay Relationships: 5 Deadly Mistakes Gay Couples Can Make – Part One

 Whether you’re just starting out in a new relationship or have been long-term partners for many years, how does a gay couple maintain their relationship over the long haul and sustain that “magical spark” that drew them together in the first place?  Relationships do require attention and focus, and this article will present five deadly mistakes that you can make that can wreak havoc in your partnership, almost ensuring conflict and unhappiness. Remedies will also be offered, and keeping these points in mind can help stave off relationship discord—and even prevent a potential breakup from ever being considered! Deadly Mistake #5: Getting into predictable, monotonous routines: Once you get into the groove of your relationship, you can begin to feel comfortable with the safety and familiarity...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Manhattan Penthouse, New York City, New York

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Welcome to the Manhattan Penthouse, where we offer the best 360 degree views in Manhattan. Manhattan Penthouse is on Fifth Avenue, occupying the top floor of a tall historic building in lower midtown. We offer a beautiful, unique wedding space – a large, glamorous loft with high ceilings, wide oak floors and huge arched windows with panoramic views of New York City. Our spectacular views are filled with skyscrapers, church spires, terraces, parks, bridges and historic facades, from Wall Street to Times Square, and from river to river. At night, the Empire State Building is lit up all around. See the Manhattan...

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Gay Relationships: Rejection Sucks! A Gay Guy’s Primer On Dealing With It – Part 1

“Well, it was really nice meeting you, bud, but I don’t really think we’re a match. Good luck to you though!” –or- “Yeah, it was fun! I’ll call you!” –and then the call never comes. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there at one time or another. You know, that stabbing feeling of being unwanted that’s so hard to shake when it strikes. Yep—rejection!  Rejection of all forms is a natural part of being human, from being declined for a job or being refused participation in a certain club. But as a single guy on a quest for a life partner, rejection is an inescapable given in the dating world as you search for a compatible counterpart. There is no way around it! Now in this ...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Fantail Weddings, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Fantail Weddings is a destination Wedding specialist in Wanaka, New Zealand, offering local knowledge, professional service and the skills to make the wedding planning process fun. We take a huge amount of pride in helping add another layer to your love story together, and we are passionate about doing it with lots of love. See the Fantail Weddings Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in New Zealand The post Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Fantail Weddings, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch.

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What Makes A Healthy Gay Relationship?

"Healthy relationships require patience, creativity, skill and commitment. It can be hard work, but few accomplishments in life are more satisfying." Healthy intimacy is a dance that honors and enjoys our partner while not losing our sense of individuality. Time and activity with our partner must be balanced by activities we do by ourselves or with people other than our partner. There is a saying that healthy families are alike, but unhappy ones are each unhappy in their own unique way. I’m not certain that this is strictly accurate. Still, there are certain attributes of relationships that tend to mark them as healthy or unhealthy..... There are gender patterns that seem to emerge in relationships: men tend to be good at maintaining individuality (perhaps at the ...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Earle Brown Heritage Center, formerly a prominent historical estate, has proudly presented weddings and receptions for 25 years. And with over 40,000 square feet of unique event space, extraordinary on-site catering and excellent service, it’s no wonder that couples from all walks of life have chosen Earle Brown to host their special day. And we’d love for you to choose us, too. See the Earle Brown Heritage Center Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors The post Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch.

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Gay Relationships: How To Enhance A New Dating Relationship

Dear Brian: "I am in a new dating relationship with someone I’m very interested in maintaining. I think he may be my “Mr. Right.” Things started out very well for us in the beginning but over the last several months things have faded. Neither one of us is “out” and I believe I’m the first guy he’s been with. How do I foster and maintain this relationship?" Holding On _______________________________ Dear Holding On: Conflagrations on finding someone whom you feel a strong connection with! It sounds like you’re very excited by the prospects that abound with this new relationship and are wanting to maintain and grow it in light of a recent sense of decline in interest in your friend’s part. That can be very...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Class, Los Angeles, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. The Class offers a truly unique live music experience for weddings in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our priority is to provide classy, but energetic live music for upscale weddings and events. If you are looking for a professional wedding band that plays top quality music, but without the cheesy elements most large professional bands bring, the Class is your band. We pride ourselves on how we look and how we sound. Our purpose is to make your wedding truly special and memorable for you and your guests! We are excited to be a part of your wedding! See The Class&#...

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Gay Relationships: Dating For The 40+ Gay Man: Seven Steps To Success – Part 2

 [ continued from yesterday ]    Midlife is sexy!   Here's Part 2 of the seven tips to help boost your dating success as a 40+ single gay man to enhance your readiness for a relationship! STEP 3: DESTROY THE MONSTER IN YOUR HEAD What we say to ourselves impacts our mood and behavior. The “monster in your head” is that little voice that whispers (and sometimes screams) negative statements about yourself and the world around you. Our internal dialogue impacts whether we look at life through a lens of optimism and hope versus pessimism and negativity. Examine your self-talk as it pertains to being middle-aged and your views on dating and gay men. Create a list of all the thoughts that come to mind about these topics unedited...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: A Little To The Left Greetings, Los Angeles, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. A Little To The Left Greetings was started by Sandi Timberlake, the mother of a gay son and PFLAG member, in 2008. After griping for over 15 years about not being able to find a tasteful card to send to her son and son-in-law on their anniversary and holidays, she realized that she could not be the only mom out there with the same problem. She kept saying “I could make better cards myself.” Finally her son said, “Mom, why don’t you just do it?” So she did. See the A Little To The Left Greetings...

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Gay Relationships: Validate Your Way To Bliss

Over the years, I’ve had slews of couples come through my office with a variety of presenting issues that range anywhere from communication breakdowns, to sexual dysfunctions, to infidelities, to diminished passion, etc. These only name but a few, but the common denominator that appears pervasive throughout most relationship difficulties is a climate of tension, resentment, and mistrust that results when the partners don’t feel acknowledged or honored by each other. This can erode the foundation that the relationship is built upon and jeopardizes the love, closeness, and attachment the couple had developed. Mayday! Mayday! Relationship rescue is now needed! The interpersonal skill of validation is one technique that can help enrich any relationship and is a great tool for solidifying emotional bonds and fostering more intimacy ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 16th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! GENERAL: What does the word “faggot” mean to you? And what about the people who use it? full story GENERAL: Homophobic attitudes are more likely to found in individuals who harbour unacknowledged attraction towards the same sex, a series of psychology studies have found. full story POP CULTURE: Filmmaker Coley Sohn has launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to start filming the gay marriage comedy “Dodie and Cheryl Get Hitched.” full story POP CULTURE: Jimmy Barnes, the ...

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Gay Relationships: Meeting Mr. Right – Part One

"Perhaps the best definition of madness I've heard is "doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results."    At dinner few months ago, friend of mine confessed that it drove him crazy when well-meaning friends and co-workers told him they had no idea why he is still available when he is such obvious husband material.  It's true; my friend is a sexy guy with a great personality and a fine job. To say that he has been frustrated by his lack of success in dating would be an understatement. Problem is, my buddy's job keeps him busy. He's also involved with volunteer projects with kids, and he lives near his aging parents so he can spend more time with them. While Jack ...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, Connecticut

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. The Interlaken Inn is nestled in the Litchfield Hills of northwest Connecticut on 30 acres of English cottages, lush gardens and shimmering lakes. From our exclusive weekend wedding to a small, intimate affair, Interlaken offers couples impeccable service, seasonally inspired farm-to-table cuisine, a stunning lakeside ceremony and a garden wedding reception. With a capacity for up to 220 guests, the Interlaken hosts one wedding per day to insure that our focus is entirely on you. See the Interlaken Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Connecticut The post Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Interlaken Inn, Lakeville...

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Gay Relationships: Putting On the Brakes In Your New Dating Relationship for Everlasting Success – Part One

So now you’ve met a new guy who you really like and you both are eager to begin exploring the potential that exists in your new dating relationship. This is commonly called “the honeymoon phase” of a relationship and is definitely an exciting and invigorating time. It’s a time of aliveness where the attraction you have for your new boyfriend prospect bubbles over, causing you to think about him and wanting to be with him every waking second. The separation pangs when you are apart nag at you and distract you from your daily tasks. You ache to be with him and find yourself preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of what “could be” that fuel your desire even further. It’s A Chemical Reaction! There’s actually a clinical...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 2nd

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! POP CULTURE: CEO Mark Zuckerburg also had this to say about FB’s real Names” policy: “Real name does not mean your legal name. Your real name is whatever you go by and what your friends call you… In this way, we should be able to support everyone using their own real names, including everyone in the transgender community.” full story POP CULTURE: In a new video for Cosmopolitan.com, Comedian Megan MacKay hilariously uses face ...

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Gay Relationships: When Sex Gets Boring

“I’ve got to beat the clock before we each lose interest.” Someone recently made that statement to me about his erotic life with his partner. His experience has been that erotic interest between two people dies pretty quickly, so you better get in as much sex as possible during the early years of the relationship. If you don’t have good sex early on, it’s never going to get any better. Single guys sometimes tell me they get tired of their sexual routine, too: sex may be easy to get, but it’s often not deeply satisfying. They find themselves in a rut, feeling like they ought to be enjoying themselves more than they actually do.... Feeling like sex has become a chore can take a toll on...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 25th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! POP CULTURE: As the US Supreme Court prepares to make a decision about equal marriage, Australian author Amy Chung is doing her bit to educate the younger generation about different family relationships. full story POP CULTURE: Matt Hatzke, a former US soccer pro, is sharing his story now ‘to help the next guy find acceptance and happiness.’ full story POP CULTURE: Professional wrestler Matt ‘Money’ Cage has come out as gay, writing on Facebook that ...

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Happy Twenty-Third

Us today in our outdoor living room.Today is Chris and my twenty-third anniversary.As I am every day we've been together, I'm filled with gratitude that both of us went to the same place, at the same time, and met. So many things could have prevented that from happening. Which just goes to show, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be.I'm the most fortunate man in the world to have Chris in my life. I love him with all my heart, and I always will.Happy anniversary, Sweetheart. Thank you so much for coming into my life, and for changing it in ways I could never have imagined all those years ago. You are one special man.

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