Project Angel Heart: Art for Life

On April 20, 2014, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

Project Angel Heart’s annual fundraiser is on May 9, 2014 at the Abend Gallery of Fine Art on Colfax.  It makes for a great “date night” and it is a great cause.

Back in 1991 Project Angel Heart was established to help get food and nutrition to people suffering from HIV/AIDS.  It all started with one pan of lasagna for 12 people.  Today, Project Angel Heart prepares and delivers more than half a million meals each year to Denver families afflicted with a broad variety of life threatening illnesses.  For tickets and details go to www.projectangelheart.org.

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Thank Goodness for the Underwear Police…

On September 16, 2009, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

 

Last Thursday at a Georgia night club, partygoers decided to dance in their underwear. Thank goodness the Atlanta Police Department (APD) stepped in and saved the crowd of adult patrons from themselves by arresting them.  If not for APD, consenting adults might have seen each other in their underwear. Doesn’t JC Pennny spend millions each year with footage of beautiful models wearing sexy lingerie in their prime time TV ads?  Thank heaven that APD was alert to the danger and even called in the “Red Dog Unit” which is generally reserved for gang violence.  Perhaps the police were concerned that the dancers might be packing Uzi’s underneath the elastic of their undies. Ultimately, 62 patrons and 8 employees were cuffed and forced to lay face down on the ground. What were these rebels being charged with, you ask? Indecency. Indecency, really? Haven’t the APD guys ever ever been to the beach or looked at a Sears Catalog? I wonder if the Atlanta DA will go for the death penalty against the CEO of Victoria Secret. Are our tax dollars really being spent on this nonsense?   In Atlanta, apparently we are when it comes to gay bars. As the men were roughly being forced to the ground, they were also on the receiving end of anti-gay slurs and excessive force. Can you imagine people at a straight club in an upscale part of your city being treated this way? Of course not. This is discrimination against a sexual minority and it should bother every American. In this great country it has to be okay to be white or black or mexican or asian or gay or straight, or god forbid, even left-handed.  In case you were wondering, “The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community…(and with values of) Dedication, Professionalism, Integrity.” Whoops!

APA Says Gays Don’t Need to be Fixed…

On August 6, 2009, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

 

Sending gays to therapy to become “un-gay” has been a hotly debated topic within the mental health community for many years.  One school of thought (from a very tiny school with even smaller thoughts) is that homosexuality is a mental illness and that gays should undergo “reparative therapy” in order to become heterosexual.  The American Psychological Association (APA) representing its’ 150,000 professional members, said yesterday that after an exhaustive review of 50 years worth of studies, even if gays wanted to become straight there is no credible evidence concluding that reparative therapy is effective.  As a clinician who has worked with countless people of every sexual orientation, I can say with confidence that sexual orientation is not a choice, but rather a clear case of nature over nurture.  The only people that need repair are the people who impose their moral values on others, pathologize those who are different than themselves, and claim there is only one way to live in this life.

My 52nd Birthday…

On January 17, 2009, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

 

As I turned 52 tonight I couldn’t help but think about what I really wanted for my birthday and it hit me — Unconditional love and friendship.  As I had dinner at a lovely restaurant with two friends, Dave and Pam, I realized that my birthday wish had come true. These are not just friends, but life-long friends, dear friends.  We have survived Dave’s cancer and a multitude of other difficult issues together.  We have traveled the country together, loved together and cried together.  Dave’s sister recently married her wife in San Francisco.  One of Pam’s two wonderful sons is gay.  Our server tonight just so happened to be a wonderfully sweet lesbian woman who overheard our conversation and thankfully joined in.  And me, I’m passionate about making the world a more sex positive place and creating equality for sexual minorities.  It was a love fest!  What more could a sex therapist want?  We had one of those rare and deep conversations that goes beyond small talk. It was about being real.  I wouldn’t trade tonight for a winning lotto ticket.  All I can say is thank you my friends and happy birthday to capricorns everywhere.  www.doctorcannon.com

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The gay therapedian…

On November 21, 2008, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

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Over the years I have observed that generally happy pepole tend to take their work seriously but themselves lightly.  The following You Tube clip was made by a friend and colleague, the author and sex therapist, Joe Kort.  If you feel like you need a two minute smile, this clip is for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj74Q6RqIcY

www.doctorcannon.com

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