The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part V

So the final installment in this series is going to focus on Maslow’s 5th level on the Hierarchy of Human Needs: Self-Actualization. I know. That one’s scary. The simplest way to describe self-actualization is focusing on becoming the best person that one can possibly strive for in the service of both their self and others. So basically  being your best self. Another way to say … Continue reading The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part V

The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part IV

Esteem. Seems like an easy word to understand, right? You hear it enough. Self-esteem, esteemed guests, and on and on. But what does esteem actually mean? Maslow described it as the feeling of being respected and valued by one’s self and others. He also made it the 4th level of his Hierarchy of Human Needs. So we’re going to break that down and see just … Continue reading The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part IV

The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part III

Where do you belong? Like really belong? Do you have a particular group of friends that you belong with? Or maybe a significant other that you belong with? Maybe it’s a church or civic group that you attend where you feel like you really belong. Regardless of where you belong, human beings long to belong. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs lists Love & Belonging as … Continue reading The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part III

The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part II

When you think of safety you  probably initially think of wearing a seat-belt when you’re driving in a car. Or maybe you think of a construction worker wearing a hard hat on the job site. Maybe you think of locking your doors at night or activating your home alarm system. You might even think of a weapon that you own to protect yourself or your … Continue reading The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part II

The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part I

What do food, water, oxygen, and sex all have in common? They are all physiological needs of human beings. That’s right. Even sex. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, being broken down into 5 major categories, places the largest emphasis on the physiological needs of the human. That’s to be expected, though, because many of these are required for physical survival. We, as gay people, tend to … Continue reading The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Part I

The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Introduction

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how different people have different experiences in life and how ultimately it is those experiences that shape one’s needs. This is a deep subject, but arguably the most influential work ever done to try and  understand human needs came from one man. Abraham Maslow. Maslow developed what we know of as the Hierarchy of Needs. He posed this … Continue reading The Gay Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow Explains The Queer Experience – Introduction

Trump’s Ban On Transgender Military Service: My Take

  I’d like to start by apologizing for this post. It is long and rambling and not my best writing but I was and still am pissed and in all it took me about 15 minutes to write. These are my opinions.     It seems that every few days we hear something outrageous out of this wonderful administration that Donald J Trump has put … Continue reading Trump’s Ban On Transgender Military Service: My Take