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Over the weekend, I received a message from my friend Eric Lueshen. He wanted to share his story of struggle, transformation, love, and acceptance of being openly gay playing football for the University of Nebraska, Cornhuskers.
From 2003 to 2006, Eric lived his life openly with his team mates. “I wasn’t going to live a lie. I wasn’t going to live in fear. I was going to be me.” He boldly lived life on his terms; in a world where most would dread retribution.
In the end, Eric was blessed to see his football buddies and even his coach, accept him for who he really was. “My sexuality was not anything that defined me.”
Eric has a purpose for sharing his story. “I am trying to open minds, inspire LGBT everywhere, and further progress the gay civil rights movement.” He is working with HRC, a Nebraska Senator, and a nonprofit on gay rights issues in his home state of Nebraska.
Eric’s inspiration to me goes a step further. I’ve known him socially for a number of years. I didn’t know his sensitivity or story. I assumed a good looking guy like him, had very little to struggle about. Boy was I wrong! He is in fact a reminder to that everyone has a story of challenges and a success from pain.
Who doesn’t love the movies? Strangely enough, I’ am not much of a movie goer these days. I don’t know why that is. I always love when I go. The last one I saw, was when I hosted a private viewing of American Hustle for Sony Pictures.
Why then a blog about the Oscars? Well, the Center on Halsted is hosting its annual On The Red Carpet Academy Awards viewing party, on Sunday, March 2nd. Movie watcher or not, this is always one fun event; which includes cocktails, buffet dinner, silent auction, and a raffle drawing. Last year’s, gala was attended by 400 participants and raised more than $60,000 to support the many programs and services of Center on Halsted. (See photos.)
To get you in the mood, here are ten little-known facts about the Oscars:
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Don’t be bitter!:
Okay, I get it. People are pissed. Folks are bitter, but let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is just a Hallmark holiday. So, you can spend it in misery, or you can spend it appreciating the love you have in your life. Surly you have a few you could name?!
I may not have a boyfriend, but I do have some great friends! And, as far as crushing, I’ll forever have a crushes. Crushes are easy to form and let’s face it; nobody has to know about them. Being a walking mouth, I tend to let a guy know when I’m crushin on him, but that’s part of the fun for me.