If the Brothers Keepers
gay support group sometimes seems like an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, participants at the weekly gatherings dont seem to mind. Last month, everyone acted like they were on a talk show and talked about being homo in a predominantly hetero Cleveland. I said that I loved being gay, and I wouldnt want to be anything else, says Bobby Green, the groups co-facilitator.
@cal body 1:The group has met every Thursday night for more than a decade. Its goal is to help gay men come of the closet. Since then, its assisted hundreds of members -- including grandfathers whove been married to women for 40 years. Members plan a potluck picnic at Edgewater Park every June, and the group marks its formation each September with an anniversary house party. For gay men, this is really a safe, casual space to start, because nobodys going to out you to a bunch of straight people, says Green. We go by the rule that what is said in the group, stays in the group.
Mondays, 8 p.m., 2007