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Meetings at CGM during 2004

Date
#
Topics/Activities
2004‑01‑02
28
How should we behave when we bump into each other in public? As always, it depends on who and where. Some are sensitive and vulnerable about work and family. Most are fine with a casual hello, but fewer are ok with gay discussion.
2004‑01‑09
18
Jeremy read a letter promoting the ex-gay movement from the American Family Association and asked how we might respond. Unfortunately, the meeting went directly into politics and gay marriage instead.
2004‑01‑16
31
Cruising: A healthy part of the gay experience or just a “dark side”? Guest speakers Sam and Rob discussed the jargon of cruising, as well as the “dos” and “don’ts.”
2004‑01‑23
28
Game night with Steve and Dave.
2004‑01‑30
29
The NH primary: political fallout? Also, a member just returned from Australia and shared stories of the native’s penchant for sex, including “sex on site” bars.
2004‑02‑06
10
Movie night: The Trip.
2004‑02‑13
31
At the CGM book club meeting this month, a Border’s customer, overhearing the gay nature of the discussion, lofted a Bible onto the meeting table and fled. Border’s staff was appalled and promised swift response for future incidents. Should we be worried? Could this have been worse?
2004‑02‑20
24
Mini-groups.
2004‑02‑27
31
Jeremy observed that the success of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy has spawned a comic opposite, called Straight Plan for the Gay Man. Is the word “queer” reserved for our usage only? Must it be offensive if used by anyone else?
2004‑03‑05
25
Martha Stewart has been convicted and will serve time in prison. Tonight we pondered what this will mean for her and how good the publicity will be afterward.
2004‑03‑12
24
Game night with Steve and Dave.
2004‑03‑19
20
Jeremy read from a letter lamenting the issues of being single in a society that is heavily “double occupancy.” Most attendees agreed with the analysis and added to the list. Some observed however that there are some benefits.
2004‑03‑26
19
The chubby-chaser phenomenon: does it exist? Is it a preference, fetish, kink, or mental illness?
2004‑04‑02
22
Jeremy presented “The Pyramid of Love,” originally designed by George K. We followed up by observing the similarities—and distinctions—between sex and love.
2004‑04‑09
31
Easter bonnet making contest, hosted by Sam and Dennis.
2004‑04‑16
34
Game night: “Match Game” hosted by SGM president James D.
2004‑04‑23
21
Mini-groups.
2004‑04‑30
21
Guest speakers Dave and Bill discussed and encouraged our attendance at Gayla 26.
2004‑05‑07
20
Disney’s “Gay Days” are coming up in June. Four attendees did the complete circuit in 2003 and described the experience.
2004‑05‑14
21
Movie night: Drift.
2004‑05‑21
8
Many CGM regulars were in Lincoln tonight as part of the Dinner Train Weekend. Dave was our guest facilitator tonight, and the small crowd got “caught up with Stu.”
2004‑05‑28
22
Game night: Poker tournament hosted by Steve and Dave.
2004‑06‑04
8
Many CGM regulars were in Orlando tonight getting ready for Gay Days-Magic Kingdom. Bill was our guest facilitator tonight, hosting a “Mini-group of 1.”
2004‑06‑11
21
Guest speaker Rich Anderson, NH attorney, discussed estate planning and invited us to make use of his services.
2004‑06‑18
19
Mini-groups with assigned topics: (1) Gay travel, (2) Discussion on the book A Drag Queen’s Guide to Sensible Living, and (3) Miscellaneous topics.
2004‑06‑25
22
Since no-one took the bait last week, Jeremy read passages from A Drag Queen’s Guide to Sensible Living, which lead to some interesting topics. Also, an attendee gave us an update on the gay marriage amendment.
2004‑07‑02
18
Movie night: Camp.
2004‑07‑09
20
Steve was our guest facilitator while Jeremy was in Japan.
2004‑07‑16
24
Game night with Steve and Dave.
2004‑07‑23
21
The unasked question that arises when contemplating gay marriage: Are men capable of staying in a committed, monogamous relationship for life? Some said yes, some said no; all agreed that love is a lot of work.
2004‑07‑30
15
Jeremy presented two hypothetical situations for thought and discussion: (1) The first date with a man you’ve met goes very well, you can’t wait for the second, and he tells you he’s HIV positive. (2) The ex-boyfriend, who was a terrible friend but superb bedfellow, wants to drop by for a visit.
2004‑08‑06
15
“Meet the Parents” game night. Attendees brought pictures of their parents; we had to match them to the members. Marcel won a prize for the most correct answers.
2004‑08‑13
13
Steve was our guest facilitator, hosting a “potpourri of topics.”
2004‑08‑20
21
Members of Gay Men Fight AIDS visited tonight to introduce us to the Lifeguards, a series of workshops aimed at HIV awareness, prevention, and skill building for a healthier life.
2004‑08‑27
25
Does it bother you to be introduced to your partner’s co-workers or family members as their “friend”?
2004‑09‑03
23
Jeremy presented a slideshow and tour of Japan, where business has taken him several times.
2004‑09‑10
18
Personal support for member.
2004‑09‑17
15
Jeremy observed that another employee in his building has transitioned from male to female. What’s the proper etiquette for interaction with this person? Why is it still “open season” on the transgendered community?
2004‑09‑24
30
The Pyramid Game with Steve and Dave.
2004‑10‑01
19
Movie night: Airplane!
2004‑10‑08
25
Personal support for member.
2004‑10‑15
22
Mini-groups. One of the groups was a play reading to gather interest and support for CGM’s next big event.
2004‑10‑22
31
Politics, get out the vote.
2004‑10‑29
31
Pumpkin carving contest.
2004‑11‑05
17
Some angry attendees contemplated 4 more years of president Bush. Also, the CGM board gave a little preview of their positions and accomplishments to energize folks into seeking to serve.
2004‑11‑12
24
Attendee Bob led the group in a short discussion and remembrance of Stonewall. Also, Jeremy read from something he found at the Oxford University Web site: “How to Get a Shag.”
2004‑11‑19
21
“Cranium” game hosted by Steve and Dave.
2004‑11‑26
30
After-Thanksgiving potluck at Steve and Dave’s house.
2004‑12‑03
31
Annual Meeting and Election, hosted by outgoing president David T.
2004‑12‑10
25
“Dysfunctional Family Feud” game hosted by James D.
2004‑12‑17
29
Christmas Party and Annual Yankee Swap.
2004‑12‑31
28
Jeremy’s final meeting as VP. He hosted an “Angel Card” meeting as a homage to Jim Bretz, who did this at the end of the year at Out & Proud, CGM’s predecessor group. After the meeting, the group proceeded to Jeff’s house in Franklin for a New Year’s Eve party.

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