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Benny Cartwright

Hate is alive - even where we least expect it

With Palm Springs being home to such a large gay community, I did not expect to be repeatedly called a “faggot” by a car full of tough-looking boys as I innocently walked back to my car.

Wait, did I just get defriended?

Being connected to someone on Facebook is sort of like confirmation of your acquaintance with each other, even in cases where you don’t “really” know the person. But what happens when a Facebook connection is broken (ie. you are deleted from someone’s Facebook friend list)?

On the fast track to a major milestone

My friends and acquaintances that are younger than me, especially my gay male friends, seem to look at 30 as sort of the end of life. They can’t fathom being such an age and sometimes speak about my turning 30 in sort of a friendly “I feel sorry for you” type of way. I’m not ready to join the AARP just yet.

Sickness is as sickness does

After receiving a fairly clean a bill of health from my doctor, with no underlying health issues, the diagnosis was stress. Not necessarily all the bad kind of stress, but a variety of things, including forgetting about my own self-care.

Letting go is hard to do

Letting go is hard to do. We often get wrapped in certain people, things and events that are just so hard to shake.

New Year's Resolutions

Benny Cartwright vows to stop walking into screen doors, tripping up stairs, and knocking over wine displays at local grocery stores.

‘Tis the season for parties

Before the Christmas season came I was actually quite worried that there wouldn’t be very many parties this year because people seem to be in such an economic crunch. I was wrong.

Holidays, and Hillcrest, through the eyes of babes

He was seeing Hillcrest the way a child sees and remembers Christmas, except it was in the form of the drag queen we passed on our walk and a leather whip at The Crypt.