How Omar Mateen’s Parents Failed Him

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I was twelve when I first learned about homosexuality.

My family was on vacation in Provincetown, Massachusetts; we were visiting my uncles, Joel and Ray. The thing is, only Joel was a blood relation to my father.

In Provincetown, a Gay Mecca during the summer months, I saw men holding hands with men and women holding hands with women. Suddenly the idea both Joel and Ray were my dad’s brother didn’t hold much weight.

So, homosexuality was explained to me, and that was that. I shrugged, and everyone went on with their life.

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Donald Trump Finally Scares Me

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When The Donald announced he was running for president, I laughed.

Hell, I think everyone did. The media, late night talk show hosts, foreign leaders… it was a joke. Who would ever vote for a reality TV show host? A male Sarah Palin? A failed businessman who leases his name because his personal ventures flop? (Not that the industries he licenses’ his name to don’t flop as well, he just doesn’t lose money when those fail.)

When he started winning, I shrugged. America has huge problems with racism, sexism, and homophobia, so him pandering to the dumbest of the dumb and succeeding didn’t surprise me. Early on, yeah, I expected him to do well.

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An Open Letter to Trump Protesters

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Please stop.

You’re not helping the situation, and in fact are adding fuel to the ignorant and hateful fire being stoked by The Donald. Look at the kind of people you’re dealing with: Drumpf supporters. These are people that looked at Ted Cruz and said, “He’s not crazy enough.” Marco Rubio wasn’t dimwitted enough, and Ben Carson somehow not enough of a sociopath. You are literally dealing with the stupidest of stupid. The most racist of all racists.

What do you hope to accomplish by yelling at them?

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I Was a White Knight… Once

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Amazon.com Readers Say

  • “This book makes you cry and smile, and at times, you just want to seek him out and give [Nathan] a great big hug.”
  • “Humorous, uplifting, and wonderfully tragic.”
  • “His writing is genuine, authentic, unabashedly honest and replete with engaging imagery.”
  • “[A] truthfully humble, amazing read.”
  • “This book was like the therapist I never had. Timmel has a great insight to the world we could all learn from.”
  • “There is nothing better than a book that ignites an emotional response and creates nostalgia. This book did both.”
  • “By the time I finished I felt I had gained a friend, one who made me laugh, cry, and look into myself.”
  • “All in all, the author makes a journey, and one that this book takes with elegance and heart.”
  • “Timmel delivers the truth in all of its beauty, all of it’s sadness, and all of it’s unpolished splendor.”

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I Was a White Knight… Once is also available for the Sony Reader, and will soon be available for download as an mp3 Audio Book.

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