Tag Archives: International Men’s Day

An open letter to my parents….

Dear Mum and Dad You must have thought that it all went terribly well the day that I asked the question “Why is mine different from Dad’s”? You told me that I’d had “a little operation to avoid trouble later … Continue reading

Geoff’s story of abuse

I met Helen on an online dating site and at first our relationship appeared idyllic. She soon fell pregnant and we made plans to spend our future together. Soon afterwards I found out that she was an alcoholic in recovery … Continue reading

I lie on the floor with my headphones on

A poem written by a man with mental health problems…… I lie on the floor with my headphones on I lie on the floor with my headphones on the music is balm and pleasure It helps my mind from blowing … Continue reading

On circumcision

I am 58 years old. I was circumcised as a baby upon a doctor’s recommendation. As a young boy, I soon noticed that I looked different to my father and to other boys and men. I didn’t see another other … Continue reading

My mate

A man he trusted not long before we first met had raped him a year earlier. We immediately became mates. Him a straight lad living with HIV and me just slightly older, a gay man on the game. It never … Continue reading

One Young Man’s Story Of survival.

Last year in February I was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 20 and nearly died because I didn’t realise I had it. How I actually found out was from watching channel 4 embarrassing bodies and I was … Continue reading

Being Circumcised

I am a 76 year old widower who like many of my generation was circumcised at birth I think I was about 7 before I realised that something important had been taken away from me. I always lacked self confidence … Continue reading

My hunger for control

I was 17 years old I suffered an injury playing rugby. This lead to an operation and meant that I could no longer play the game I loved. By being forced to stop the sport I soon found myself drifting … Continue reading

Dad’s gift

My father’s gifts to me and my two brothers are many. But the one that stands out the most was his teaching us the value of spontaneity- how to find something interesting in every ‘just so’ situation. My father is … Continue reading