A Day With HIV


Yoga strengthens my body and bolsters my immune system. It sings to my mind and challenges flexibility. In Dancer’s Pose I open my heart into a rhythm of compassion, and playfully invite myself to move one day at a time, and groove with gratitude and passion for life! I will pay attention to the steady beat of my privilege with access to medication and excellent health care. And I'll surrender to my highest intention... May I share my music, gifts, and talents with others, and invite them to contribute their melody to the universal symphony of human kindness and kinship.

Please show your support of this awesome social media campaign. Stop HIV Stigma as you share this post, like, love it, up your thumb, and don't forget to breathe!

A Day with HIV is an HIV awareness and anti-stigma photo campaign presented by Positively Aware magazine. Now in its fifth year, the goal of A Day with HIV is simple—to confront stigma by sharing the pictures and stories of people who are affected by HIV. Stigma can discourage people from getting tested, just as it can make others fear disclosing their status. Positive or negative, we all live with HIV.

In 2013 my photo on the stand up paddle board was selected as the cover for Positively Aware Magazine. (see previous campaign photos below).

A Day With HIV

Grace Cathedral


Every so often I return home to San Francisco and practice yoga with one of the great men in my life: Darren Main. Since 2007 I’ve opened myself up to the friendship, grace and wisdom of his guidance & instruction.

At Grace Cathedral I integrate and pose to reconcile divided remnants from my past where I was an active LDS man trying to ‘cure’ my homosexuality. I light candles in the AIDS Interfaith Memorial Chapel for those ahead of me on the trail. I walk the labyrinth with a song in my heart that whispers: “It was meant to break open... Stay awake my heart!”

I’m grateful for innovative gay leaders working to bridge divides that currently impact the LGBTQ community.

If you’ve never taken the pilgrimage to practice yoga at Grace Cathedral on Tuesday nights…. I promise, you’ll never be the same.


May The Creative Force Be With You

Meryl Streep's speech at the Golden Globe Awards!!!

She ends with words Carrie Fisher shared with her:

"Take your broken heart. Make it into art."

Yes, I accept this invitation, and remind you of two important attitude adjustments for your creative endeavors. 

Create before you consume.

Watch less and write more.
(Paint, sketch, compose, dance, build, plant, even date).

It's a perfect time, today, a week before Martin Luther King Day, to share one of my favorite quotes:

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.