Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gay summer camp

Tobi and I spent five days in southern California last week attending gay summer camp.

Tobi channels his inner hula boy
What is gay summer camp you ask?

Well, it's an event where several hundred gay men get together for a week of outdoor recreation, socializing and learning new skills. Tobi and I had a great time.

Every evening there was a social hour with a special theme. Most people dressed up in costumes reflecting the theme. On Hawaiian night, Tobi went all out. (He actually won the prize for best costume. :-))

I especially liked the au naturel time in the camp's Olympic-sized swimming pool (no swimsuits needed!). It was also great to go hiking in the surrounding hills. We had some truly beautiful sunsets.

Throughout the entire week it felt really good to be in a group of men and to be accepted as a male couple in that group. This is understandable. Most of us with LDS backgrounds had a rough time growing up gay. It takes a bit of extra work to smooth out the rough edges and find our place in the world.

I don't know what the point of this post is, except to say that sometimes life can be really good. You can be loved; you can be accepted; you can feel whole. Oh, and I recommend going to gay summer camp.