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Author and human rights/LGBTQ+ advocate, Michael Caputo returned to the show from NYC. In July 2020, he joined us to discuss his autobiography, Dear Pat Cooper, about his journey with a loving family and an absent father. This time, he discussed his second book, Chameleon: A Memoir. In this memoir, Michael shows us another side of himself, in which he vividly describes his harrowing journey coming out of the closet and living authentically, post-Stonewall, pre-HIV/AIDS epidemic, and thereafter. Michael writes, “I went from being an innocent altar boy to an older gay man caught up in the middle of the John Travolta sex scandal that put me on the front page of the Daily News and written up in People magazine and the National Enquirer….Once I let go of all that guilt that I grew up with and embraced my true self instead of hiding it, I started to live and enjoy my life.”
Michael also let us know of some resources for LGBTQ+ youth who might be experiencing suicidal ideations or other mental health issues. The Trevor Project is a 24/7 hotline that is available 365 days a year! You can also reach via their website: www.thetrevorproject.org. The number to call for the crisis hotline is: 1-866-488-7386.
In addition, Michael let us know about the Ali Forney Center, which his committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ+ young people. It is the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ+ homeless youths in the country — assisting over 2,000 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered-site housing program. Find out more, get help, donate, and contact them at: www.aliforneycenter.org.
Minerva & Ruben joined us to share a new place in Mexico.
And Dr. Mara with some more thoughts about living a passionate life.