Being Gay—A Journey into Self-Acceptance

Being Gay—A Journey into Self-Acceptance

I am angry, confused, hurt, disappointed with church and government leaders because they do not accept me as natural, equal, worthy … They don’t accept you as natural. Is that true? Let’s do The Work. They don’t accept you as natural, is that true? Yes. They don’t accept you as natural. Can you absolutely know that
it’s true that they don’t accept you as natural? Based upon statements. – Is that a yes or a no? We’ve been here before. Contemplate. You know, a theory hits your head and you
swear to it and then you vote it. I’m asking you to consider, they don’t consider you as natural. Can you absolutely know that it’s true that they don’t consider you as natural? No. And for some of you, the answer might be yes. But your answer is the one that counts. And no matter what it is, you just keep moving. There are only four questions. Two to go. How do YOU react when you believe this thought? I feel hopeless. I become angry. I become confused. I resist. Imagine your life without the thought ‘They don’t accept you as natural’. Light. Carefree. Natural? Natural. You’re good. Well, I’ve got a little experience going for me here. Ok, so, they don’t consider you to be natural. Turn it around. I don’t accept me as natural. So, I want to know what about you is not natural in your opinion. This really is coming out of denial if there’s any in there at all. When I think about it, about what causes stress, the feelings of the
challenges and struggles of the gay man seems not natural in the sense of this fight to be accepted. So that seems – Unnatural. Yeah. Why are you defending who you are is the question. It’s unnatural, I hear from you. So, why are you defending it? Are you a gay man? – Yes. Thank you. And what is not okay about that? What is unnatural about that in your opinion? Your opinion. The stress that comes with um … –
Believing that other people should accept you? Yeah. I could shift this to places, it would just cut to the chase. But if you trust that Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet, it will hit every single thing. It will just, I call it checkmate. The Work is checkmate and that Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet is checkmate. If you’ve filled it in. So, give me an example of ‘I don’t accept me as natural’. If you’re in the habit of defending gay men, that is a
difficult question for you and a very important one. Where is that you consider, as a gay man,
you consider you not to be natural? There are a lot of gay men that are homophobic. In fact, a lot. Oh, honey. It’s just all these visions from since I’m
little of how that’s just confirmed … … of this resistance and fighting. What I feel to be natural. Okay. I mean it, god it’s so right-to-the-core. Oh god the countless amounts of pressure and stress. From my father to growing up in Montana where you … … gotta be captain of the football team,
you gotta be good at sports … … you gotta date the cheerleaders and you gotta
go hunt and kill big animals … And uh, and I work so hard to put
on this, just this masculine image … and girls in the church that repeatedly said, “It’s unnatural”
and how I’ve lived that for so long … … and, as much as I say I’m natural, how badly I
judge the gay culture so much and I separate myself … I look at it as so unnatural that I
don’t even involve myself in it. I don’t date because I’m good, I say … Oh, God … so, that’s a start. Homophobic. That’s, oh, bizarre. All that defense was just to convince yourself. Now, where is it that you consider you unnatural as a gay man? I don’t feel like I fit into the stereotype and
I fight, I resist so much the stereotype. And I feel like if I get into the
stereotype that I’ve become what everyone … not everyone, those examples in my life have told me not to be. So, another example of where you consider yourself, as a gay man, unnatural? Um, so, uh, sometimes I feel less of a man that
I get labeled a lot as “girls’ night out”. ‘Girls are getting together, let’s go’. What group of people say that to you, Oh, family and friends. So, you be them and I’m going to be
you — with a little gay pride. So, you’re my parents… Um, you know, me and the boys are going to go out
hunting and, um, get together and do manly things… …and you can go hang out with the girls and go shopping, how’s that? Uh, you know, actually, I do prefer that. You’re always thinking of me. You’re always considering who I am, honoring who I am as a gay man. You give me the option of not having to
do those things I really don’t care about. Which shows me how much you care and listen
to me and see me and understand me. I’m much more comfortable this way and I appreciate your caring. So, I just bought a new house and I need an interior decorator … and although you’re color blind, you’re gay, so why
don’t you come decorate my house? Well, you know, actually … okay, I’m stepping out of the role, now, okay? Are you good at that? No! Okay, so now I’m back in role. Unless they want black and white and gray. I mean, I’m fantastic at that. Well, that’s why I was asking, you know? So, actually, I’m colorblind and that’s not my skill. But I can look around. You know, I have a network of people going. I can … Call the gay hotline. Well, actually, I can just call friends. Some of
them are gay, some of them aren’t gay. I could just say, “I’m not good at that. I don’t have
that talent but, if I run into someone that does … … I’ll have them contact you.” Um, you know, I know you’re single a lot … … but maybe if you were to get in shape and have
a six pack, you’d probably have a boyfriend and … … after two weeks, you could move in together. Well, thank you. Thank you. And I’ll think about it. Isn’t that what you do? Yeah, yeah. I love this world. You know, it’s a world
where there are … people aren’t prejudiced … … where people respect who I am and care about me. They offer me
jobs even … whether I have the skill for it or not. Good. It’s not that I’m good, I’m just not blind. So far, all this prejudice is coming from you. Yeah, yeah. That’s really good to know. Yeah. And I’ve had glimpses of that and just pushed it away. Well, I love that you have a little experience in
how to deal with your own mind here. Can you find another Turnaround? I don’t accept them as natural. So, I don’t accept non-gay people as natural? And I don’t accept gay men as natural. They’re having fun and you’re home criticizing. It’s unnatural. I am so backwards in many ways. So, growing up, your father, I think made you
go out for football was your … Yeah. Okay. He made you go out for football, is that true? Um, at the time, it seemed, if I think about it
now, that I ultimately chose, but it was … Ultimately? I chose. Yes, you did. Yes. – And you did it because you
wanted something in return. What was it? Approval. – Yeah, how are you doing? Oh, God, now I should be captain. And make out with that girl. It’s natural for a gay man to make out
with a girl, for your father’s approval. That is ridiculous. Just lists and things that I’ve done to change to be natural. And that is why it’s such a perfect set-up: Sooner or later, it starts to add up that you’re
not going to get the approval that you’re seeking. And, when you get that, you come to see that you’ve already got it. Can you find an example for that turnaround? I don’t accept them as natural. Give me an example of where you don’t experience gay men as natural. When they are out there doing the thing you don’t approve of. I, it appears to me a lot of the time that some might even get
caught up in this image of what ‘gay’ means and I find myself … You mean like you’ve been doing all your life? Yep. And I know it’s different, but … Yeah and, um, it just seems so inauthentic yet I’ve been inauthentic. You have your way. Everyone has their way. Everyone’s
doing the best that they can. – Yeah. It’s not easy. – Yeah. – But, it’s more difficult not to. Absolutely. Can you find another turnaround? I see them as natural. As a gay man, I’m seeing me as natural. So, what is natural about being a gay man? It’s the way I am. It’s just me. That’s one. I get a lot of compliments on my hair. That’s two. Let’s go with another example. Anyone gay in the audience or has a gay family member or friends? An example of what is natural about being a gay man. My son and his partner are very, very loving to each other. And that seems … Natural. Wish I had babies from him — grand babies. But, you know,
they love each other and they’re kind to each other. That’s more than a lot of people I know are in their relationships. I have gay friends — real friends — they have children. They’re
theirs. And it could be just not your son’s desire. Yeah. But you can campaign. Oh, I’ll keep that in mind. You know, grandmother rights. They don’t go far. Don’t expect anything, but … I would bet that you didn’t wake up one day and choose
to be gay any more than I chose to be heterosexual. Yes. Right? I don’t choose who I’m attracted to. I’m attracted to who I’m attracted to and, to
me, that’s as natural as it gets. What have you heard against that — being gay? It’s against God, it’s evil, um you know, it’s Adam
and Eve not Adam and Steve, um … Exit only. Just some of those. So, so, one way to lose your homophobia is to put all those
things on a list and Work every single one of them. Until you just, you love yourself and everything about you. When that’s accomplished, you love us too. No matter how silly
we used to look to you, you understand. Yes. I love men and men’s bodies, so why wouldn’t you? She’s got a good point there. Got a really good point there. My family and I grew up in the same type
of situation I’m sure that you did … and my brother and his partner have been together for thirty years. and it’s kind of funny because me and
my two sisters are all divorced … and my brother is the only one that has a long-term relationship. So, I … – How unnatural. So, I think, I think the problem is is you’re natural
because you’re living who you want to be … … and it’s unnatural for us to expect anything different from you. Mmm. Good stuff. So, what is one of the things you have heard about gay
men that has been like a knife in your heart? Um, it’s something that I revisit a lot and, um … … the relationship has changed a lot with my mother but
she made a comment once and, um … I’m the youngest, so I watched my brothers and sister, you
know, go through so many mistakes that they made … … according to my parents, and then my
mom one time said, she’s like … “After everything that your brothers and sister have put
me through, after everything they’ve done … … from I mean everything, um, the biggest disappointment would
be if one of my kids were gay. … and I was all: [demonstrates with facial expression]. Well, we’re not having that conversation today. And, it’s that same thing that I hear from
so many different aspects of ‘disappointment’ … … or ‘not accepting’ or … So, she said, “That would be the biggest disappointment.” ? Mmm hmm. Okay, you hear that? That’s what she said. Now, who believed it? I did. So, where was the problem? Me. That’s magical. Yeah. – It’s like: she said it; that’s not a problem. The moment you believed it, it became a problem. So, what your mother said, is that a problem? I just realized how much I make my mom suffer
because of that comment. To this, oh, god … … like fifteen years. I say that I love my mom, I’m mom’s little baby and when
she calls me I get irritated, every time she calls me. I just, I bet it’s that. I think you’re right. In fact she, she says, “You’re my baby” and
she means it with all her heart and you remember that one, the moment you believed what she said. she didn’t believe it: she found out you were gay and you’re her baby! But you believed it, and in that moment, hell is created. And separation from your mother, she’s doing fine. You’re the one with a problem. Yeah. Does she sound disappointed to you? No. She’s almost too overbearing with … She talks about me way too much to too
many people and I hear about it. Yeah, she’s sure disappointed. Yeah. Okay sweetheart, so, the most painful thing, like the
knife in your heart, what’s that? … and it is not a problem. The moment you believed it, it became your property. It really wasn’t
even hers, it was something she was playing around with. Good to know, isn’t it? It’s really good to know. Yeah … Not to be your mama’s baby, not to give her that hurts you. I mean, you’re her baby. That’s how she sees you. But because you believed that, you can’t have that intimate relationship with her. And so I invite you to ask her if you
haven’t already, “Mom, are you disappointed that I’m gay?” Let’s hear the next one. Um, they do not accept me as worthy. Is that true? No. Turn it around. I do not accept me as worthy. As a gay man, where is it that you’re not worthy? I oftentimes tell myself I’m not worthy of another man’s love. You are not worthy of another man’s love. Is that true? No. What happens to your life when you believe the
thought ‘I’m not worthy of another man’s love’? Alone. And who would you be without the thought? Worthy. So, ‘I’m not worthy of another man’s love’. Turn it around. I am worthy of another man’s love? Give me an example. Why would that be true? You know, without these examples, you know, we’re just, turn it
around: ‘I am worthy of another man’s love’ … ‘Oh, okay’. ‘Oh, I get it’. No, you don’t. Sit in it. Examples. You’d have no idea who you are! So, open your mind to it. What is
it about you that you find worthy? You’re another man, let’s ask you. What is it about you that you find worthy? I’m courageous, loving, and inspiring. Aren’t those the qualities that you want in a partner? Yeah. So, if those are the qualities you want in
a partner, and you’ve got those qualities … … that does make you worthy of another man’s love. And if another man doesn’t appreciate them, you do. Nice to identify. Yeah. So, the next one: In that situation, I want these people to not just say they
love or have Christ-like love, but actually show love … … be open, accepting, loving, more conscious, and stop spreading and preaching hate. You don’t ask for much. You know, when you consider what you have believed, in
the face of all evidence with your mother … … you expect people’s minds to switch, I mean
we’re doing like a surgery up here. And you expect their minds just to switch like ‘that’… Not likely. So let’s see where there is some hope, turn it around. I want myself to not just say that I love
or have Christ-like love but actually show love. I want to be open, accepting, loving, more
conscious, and stop spreading and preaching hate. Isn’t that truer? Yeah. Read it the way you just did, again. I want to not just say that I have love
or Christ-like love, I want to show love … I want to be open, accepting, more loving, more
conscious, and stop spreading and preaching hate. That would be you. That would be you. Don’t you love those qualities? Yeah. I do too. And to stop spreading hate in your own head about
gays who come out in their own way … … did the best way they can with
what they’ve got going inside of them. And straights, those people, those church people and those governments. When you consider what you’ve been believing, it’s not so,
you’re asking them to give up their entire identity. For an identity I haven’t even accepted of myself. Yes, wow. That’s great. The next one? These people should accept all people. Is that true? No. How do you react when you believe this thought? Become defensive. And fight. And then feel guilt about it. Yeah. Lots of that. Yeah, who would you be without this thought? In my own business. Living your life. Connecting with people. That would be you at your best. The example we’re all waiting for. Turn it around? These people should not accept all people. They should not. Why? Get real with it. Why? You couldn’t accept that your mother is not disappointed in you. You couldn’t break through it because you didn’t even know it was there. They’re the same way. Your demands are not realistic. Good, it’s dawning? Yeah. It’s like walking through saying ‘don’t believe what you believe,
don’t believe what you believe, believe what I believe’. People have to believe what they believe. Yeah. – Until they don’t. What happens to you when someone says, ‘Don’t believe what you believe’? I believe it even more. And I find ways to prove it. So expect it. When you try to change anther person’s mind.
Expect it. – Okay. – Okay? Next. Um, in that situation, I need these people to stay in
their business, be accepting, and love all people. Hopeless, hopeless, hopeless. Turn it around? I need to stay in my own business, accept and love all people. Feel that one. Isn’t that what you want? Yeah. That other, that’s not it. When you get
it, you don’t believe it. – Yeah. So this turnaround is as good as it’s ever going to
get in this world, just one human being awake. Yeah. Next one. In that situation, these people are hateful, mean, shallow,
arrogant, dangerous, damaging, closed-minded and creating pain. They’re creating pain, what do you mean by that? I meant um having a lot of influence and saying things perhaps
people that are vulnerable will accept that as true … … and then it causes suffering. So they’re creating pain, is that true? No. Do you get it? Yeah, because we only, if those people accept the pain or
perceive it as pain then that was their choice. If they believe what those people are telling them,
they have created their own pain. So you be responsible for what you believe and
the rest of us will do our best. And that’s as good as it’s ever going to get. But if you really get this down, you’ll influence a lot of people
and that is the best example that could ever walk this earth. A person that thinks for themselves, that takes responsibility for themselves … … and, in a sense, when you’re living out of
your heart these turnarounds are very powerful. Living your prescription for us, what you have wanted us to
live, you living them, I mean that’s, that’s it. You have some wonderful examples of that that have
walked the earth, we’re still talking about them. And it’s within your grasp, it’s within your grasp. Next one. I don’t ever want to feel less-than, not good
enough, not equal, like a prisoner, judged … … to see those that are different hurt or have rights taken away. I’m willing to. I’m willing to feel less-than, not good enough,
not equal, like a prisoner, judged … … to see those that are different hurt and have their rights taken away. Yeah, because that would be a very confusing hurtful moment … … and you’re the cause of the pain, you’re a believer, so
you would identify what you’re believing and wake you up. So, I look forward to. I look forward. – Exciting, isn’t it? It’s different. – Mmm hmm. I look forward to feeling less-than, not good
enough, not equal, like a prisoner … Because it shows you where your mind is still a believer. Yeah. – Where it’s still believing things that are not
true for you. Stress is a signal for that. It’s not an enemy, it’s a friend that says like, it’s like
that little temple bell saying, “Wake up, you’re asleep.” Like a little alarm clock. Continue to read. I look forward to seeing those that are different
hurt and have their rights taken away. Tell me about that. That’s a challenge. – People say, for example, they
take your right to marry away … … and that is the law. You cannot marry, is that true? No and, in fact, during lunch when I was … You got married over lunch? That’s how us gays work, we meet, and boom. Um, I realized at lunch, if the right to
marry had not been taken away … … how would I learn, how is a way for me
to learn to appreciate a commitment between two people … … regardless of a piece of paper? Wow. So, thank you. I am one hundred percent there. It’s like I
married Stephen, I assume he married me … … and we were married in front of, a friend of
ours’ father was a judge in Los Angeles … … and we were married in that courthouse on
his last day of work there … … but because there’s a paper and he signed
it, it doesn’t mean he married me. But what I know is I married him and the paper was ridiculous. That’s what we do here unless we don’t … So you’ve got the option for the real deal
and that is with or without paper. That’s a beautiful thing. What else around losing your rights. Um, rights as far as being able to make decisions for loved ones. You cannot make decisions for loved ones. Legally in certain situations. And you can’t, it’s against the law, you cannot make
decisions for your loved ones, is that true? Some decisions. Like what? Um, like medical. If they can’t speak for themselves
or whatever, I wouldn’t be able to Is that true? Can you absolutely know that it’s true you wouldn’t be able to? No, because I haven’t been in that situation. And how do you react when you believe that thought when you’re fantasizing? It kind of infuriates me. So does that thought bring peace or stress into your life? Stress. Who would you be without the thought while you’re in a
relationship and you want to marry and it’s illegal … Who would you be without the thought ‘I cannot
legally make these life-and-death situations for my partner’. How does it affect your relationship? It brings up a feeling of being trapped or being inadequate. And you both start to scare each other. It starts to weaken the fabric of — that’s what fear does. I wouldn’t be able to make those life
and death decisions legally, turn it around. I would be able to make those decisions legally? So give me an example of how that might be true. I would be able to make life and death decisions for my partner. I would just make the decisions regardless of how the law viewed it. You would do your best and people would listen or not. – Yeah. You’d be amazed who people are once you know yourself. How do you react when you believe the thought?
You’ve threatened the very happiness of your life. Mmm hmm. Your marriage. Understand? – Yeah. – Okay. So, any thoughts around this? Power of attorney. – Power of attorney. Any other examples? Go to another state. – Go to another state. Any other examples? Have agreements with family. – The laws may change. – The laws may change. What are you experiencing with this, beautiful Mary? What are you experiencing with this, beautiful Mary?
What are you experiencing with this, beautiful Mary? Awesome, authentic, handsome, natural. So, I think you’re worthy of a relationship. Thank you, precious. I think you’re worthy of a relationship. When you believe your thoughts, you’re boxed-in. When your mind opens, there’s unlimited possibilities. Yes? – Well, I am a gay man and it’s even
hard for me to say that in this group … … because I was adopted into a Mormon family and
so much of that story resonated with me. Yeah. – So, but I couldn’t help but think, is it when
I was believing my thoughts, my family was completely away. I’m excited for this man because, as he accepts himself,
at a much younger age than me … … then he has all this time to do
what I’ve done and rediscover my family … … and it’s only been since I accepted myself as who I am
that I feel more love, more fulfillment — it’s amazing. Thank you. Yeah, it’s so empowering and what you’ve done is you came
out, you spoke a truth and it shifts everything. So it’s really not about our sexuality, is it? It’s about
the power of truth. That’s it for every human being. And we would all be the change we want in the
world if we were not believing the thoughts … … those thoughts we’re believing that override our goodness and naturalness. So we question them and it leaves these amazing revelations. It’s self-induced epiphanies.


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    This work is in line with A Course In Miracles, which I find fascinating. It's liberating to shed light on our projections. They are designed to remain hidden but this work turns the light where it needs to shine. Bravo.

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    Alexander Petrohv

    hi nick, you dont need a conservative university to make yourself feel uncomfortable. it is enough to have a conservative mind. would you really know how to live a "free gay life" if nobody would care about your sexuality ? in my experience no, because you dont know how yet. it s not about them, it s about you. greetings michael.

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    Atman Nityananda

    A good process for the releasing of emotional stress and the acceptance of a defect that creates pain and suffering
    Accepting be a gay is one thing and accepting that be a gay is natural is another thing all together
    Everything in life has a dharma
    Natural is living according to this dharma
    The dharma has been given to humans by the Vedas and other sacred texts. Dharma promotes health, harmony, balance, peace and happiness and finally God-realization which is the purpose of human life

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    have you ever tried to have an intimate, lasting relationship with someone without any sex? doesn't really work, I can tell you that. Physical intimacy is part of love.

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    Being gay as well as an active and believing Mormon from a very conservative and rural family from eastern Idaho can suck sometimes. My parents are wonderful but the things they sometimes say, as well intended as they are, can be hurtful. Hearing of the harsh treatment my fellow church members and leaders sometimes extend their LGBT brothers and sisters can also be a source of great pain. I now realize that their problems are not my problems. This video has freed me to own both my religion and my orientation in a much more authentic manner. I cannot thank you enough.

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    Open-minded Skeptic

    The idea of something being "natural" (or not) is a man-made construct of the mind that is ultimately meaningless. 

    I say forget the labels and learn to accept yourself fully for who you are. Then any and all labels, as well as what other people think of you, becomes irrelevant. Cheers.

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    Wanda J

    The Work is awesome; it is a process that in my opinion really works; much more so than a lot of 'self-help' programs out here that insist on telling you what is wrong with you and what you can do about it. From what I've seen, The Work let's you find the answer to "What's wrong with me?" yourself, and then helps you find the answer to "How do I fix it?". 
    Of course that's JMO-YMMV.

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    Kathyayini Yogamayi

    IT IS TRUE that others perceive things that are NOT TRUE. However, it is our CHOICE whether or not to be affected by the limitations of other's capacity to  know and love the divine essence that we all share.  OUR UNIVERSAL VALUE IS INDEPENDENT OF THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS. I understand her business model (other perfectly scientific philosophical writings of others in ancient history, re-packaged and homogenized for the masses) and it's making her lots of paper and helping others to JUST scratch the surface of how our understanding of what a "self" is, is tragically distorted.  

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    Great session.  He is one of the most courageous men that I ever got to witness.  And I am honored for that.  He is so honest to the point that his statements made me finally understand some of my gay friends' angry comments in the past.  Byron is good…..homophobic…..never even thought about such thing that you could have phobia for who you are naturally.  I am wondering if I have same sort of phobia for myself.  I sometimes think I am in denial of who I am…Great topic, great session…Just great!

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    And I am not a gay.  To me, this session is about everything else as well and not only about sexuality.  I could apply this session in other areas of my life.  Thank you.

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    Roberto LOVO

    Katie, you are not just the mother of 3 children, but you got this special magic I see in my Mom, so that you are such a MOTHER SOUL FRIEND, I do Angel readings and the answers to people are very similar to the way you make people find theirs. All my love from El Salvador! Roberto

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    James Coppedge

    The lady commenting at 18:20 brought back a memory I had with my aunt (she happens to want me to change sexuality but I her anyway and me. ) The conversation went like this.

    Me: What do you like about men physically?

    Aunt: Well, I like the way the are built. The broad shoulders, butt, penis, face, arms legs.

    Me: Me too.

    (We both bust out laughing with.  my aunt turned red with glee although she didn't "like" it she knew it was funny then tapped me in a not so serious but disapproval way.) 

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    Lex van Leeuwen

    so inspiring to watch. Byron is such a giving person and the guy is so perceptive to her helping hand of wisdom. it touches me deeply to watch this and i wish for him to have a beautifull man in is his life, because he is beautifull too, inside and out.

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    Laurel Denver

    What I love about Byron Katie is this: So much of her material is out there and available FOR FREE for others to learn and do the work. It's such a relief that this isn't all about $$, which so many of these guru types are. Byron Katie actually wants to improve peoples' lives, and she isn't in it for the money. She's in it for the work. I love that.

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    Just Saying

    I just watched this persons' whole projection of himself change as he began to see his truth…..incredible stuff.

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    Roberta Smith

    The depth and nobility and wisdom and gentility of this woman. Her understanding of the human condition!  I bet she could rival Shakespeare and easily write  a play with all the same depth and understanding of the full spectrum of the human mind.  Amazing.  Try a stage play..   or and epic poem. People with this kind of depth and empathy of the human condition create the greatest literature.

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    Roberta Smith

    She could step right into Hamlet and give him counsel, better than Polonius, better than the word of God.  This is a genius

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    Free Man

    I am 25 yo and i'm actually struggling with the same issues!
    This made me cry a lot and i think it will be a life changing for me…
    Thank you Bryon and thanks for this gentle man so brave of you.

    sorry for making it long! but how would i respond to myself when i have thoughts like God hates me for being a gay? and as i am a catholic it is stated that i am a sinner 🙁


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    You Are Leaders

    The horrible fight to be "accepted" by others is what destroys. Trying to get others to use certain words will not heal your broken heart. Only your self honesty will do that

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    Adnama Miner-Babb

    I used to believe that something was wrong with me and that I was in the wrong but, you come to a point where you want to end the suffering of accepting everyone else and just accepting yourself.
    It's hard. But you have to first love and accept yourself. You always come first.

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    Jamie Anders

    Such a brave and attractive man!!! I so hope he is happy today! And Katie is such a gift for this world. Thank you!!

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    Mr Barot

    I'm in awe of watching this unfold. David you're an amazing soul and thank you for sharing with us. I'm certainly going to see Bryon when she comes to Lomdon this summer. Lucky are your friends and family David for having a light like you in their lives.

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    Amara James

    This all was so beautiful for me to see that some one can help see that they have to accept them self before others can it is a good lesson for straight, gay, or anyone with differences of self image issues. Loved this vid.:)

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    Souzanna Morgentauh

    it's so much beauty in moments when someone expose their very inside. You are a brave man 🙂 I am glad you found the way to joy.

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    Lior Maynard

    It touched me so much! I am amazed by how much this gentleman is open! Thank you so much ! you helped me a lot

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    Thank you for this wonderful show.

    When my son came out only 14 yo, I was very happy. It is wonderful to have a gay son. His father and I told him from the beginning to be just who he is and not try to be anything else. And his brother, my other son who is straight, also told him the same. My gay son is doing great and is getting his phd in physics. It was perhaps easier for my gay son to come out this young, because we are very open minded family and we talked a lot about human rights and science with our sons, and also read lot of books from them when they were kids, among them books about the diversity of the human race.

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    I feel like crying after watching this, cuz I can really relate a lot to him from every angle. Wish I knew who this beautiful loving man is and give him a big warm loving hug. 😪 Katie is a genius wise woman…

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    Marielle Sander

    This is such a powerful discussion about self deception and self acceptance at the same time. Recommended.

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    judith pfeiffer

    I'm so moved every time I watch it! Falling in love with him and his authenticity every time. I'm so glad I found the Work of Byron Katie.

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    Sandro Antonucci

    This video is so emotional and deep and yet so freaking funny! The audience is awesome! The reality is that the toughest part is to accept yourself and who you are, even despite of your sexuality really. You'll then see that whether or not the world will accept you, it will be none of your business.

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    TJ Michael

    what helps enlighten me and gives me purpose is to volunteer for causes that support my beliefs. otherwise I find myself being more reactive.

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    Todd Fernandez

    Yes, they do not consider us as natural. How are we supposed to imagine our life without the social messaging that envelops our childhood and life. Yes, we're supposed to break free of that message – but it's a real message.

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    Pieter Grimbergen

    Bravo Byron Katie, but also bravo to this courageous man… What an inspiring video, I am a gay man too, it strenghts me immensely! Thank you very much! Pieter Grimbergen, The Netherlands.

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    Tadimdia Bridges

    I saw this after watching several other Byron Katie videos, watching her "work" with audience members. This one finally clicked with me. I got it. I got the turn around, the whole thing. I share this link with others when I am introducing them to her and the "work" as I find it is always the "aha!" for others as well.

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    Ben Rosenzweig

    Like there isn't a massive history of queer people being legally cut out of decision-making in exactly the ways she describes as unknowable. As if that ceases to be an overwhelming and oppressive reality because of the imagined surprise he might feel if someone individually decides to pretend he had legal rights which would have been close to automatic if he was straight in parallel circumstances.

    As if the pain caused by socially and institutionally sanctioned homophobia isn't a history of violent oppression, really. Or as if that shouldn't really inform how queer people think and act. Whereas taking those realities seriously has long been part of how we survive, individually and collectively.

    That is not to say one can't question and reflect upon one's emotional investments and patterns, but the limits of this quasi-therapeutic philosophy become clearer the moment she tries to somewhat mechanically pursue this approach in relation to someone who entire existence has been politicised by the socially-enforced reproduction of particular forms of social organisation which have often been inherently exclusionary at best. Someone whose existence can involve real and serious threats to every aspect of life – for instance, in a country in which support for legal protections against homophobic discrimination has significantly fallen amongst Republicans, whose hardening far right base are significantly empowered and highly motivated and not subtle.

    The individual and collective struggles of people against homophobia, including struggles against the homophobia within their own families, are not separate from the more overtly 'political' struggles that manifest in marches and elections and Stonewall. This history of resistance may or may not shift people in any given case, and the effects of such struggles are never definitively knowable in any given case, but cumulatively and collectively they have been part of our refusal to simply submit or disappear.

    Again, one can talk about how someone individually engages in such struggles, and how they feel about the conflictual nature of such processes, but the idea that this is simply a negative process of avoidable pain feels like a position coming from the relative privilege of someone who isn't living the realities of ongoing homophobia across an entire social terrain, and who doesn't have a very good understanding of our histories of resistance, solidarity and struggle.

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