Queer men, as a tribe, have so much wisdom and experience and insight, but we often don’t take the opportunity to share these across generations. How much do we know about each other? Are we take the time to be curious? Wisdom and ideas travel both ways: older guys want to pass on their legacies as well as what they’re still learning, and younger guys want to share what they’ve experienced in a different environment. Many topics (isolation, HIV, intimacy) are pertinent to all age bands, but our experiences are so different. Sharing these in cross-generational groups is enriching for all of us.
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David James has worked as a theatre maker in New York, LA, London and Melbourne, currently leading BOOK Music & Lyrics, a professional development programme for musical theatre writers, composers, lyricists & directors. He began spiritual awareness joining Al-Anon in 1985, leading beginners’ sessions at the Manhattan Gay & Lesbian Community Centre. He later studied with Louise Hay, Bernie Siegel and Stephen Levine, and was a founding member of Cynthia O’Neil’s Friends In Deed. He attempts to learn and grow every day.