So many people have no creative way to express themselves and that’s the primary reason why most turn to crime, violence, murder, drugs, and even suicide.
Our mission at www.therainbowhorizon.com is simple: A place to express yourself creatively. Whether it is; writing, drawing, photos, tattoos, or even videos. We here at The Rainbow Horizon feel that if a person has a positive way to express themselves, then they might be less likely to hurt themselves and or others. Most people just need to know that someone is around to notice that they exist and that they might need to someone to talk to. That’s why, I Mark Flint created The Rainbow Horizon. If you or someone close to you needs to talk or needs a way to express themselves, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2011 I left my job and then became very ill. I had no idea what was wrong with me. I was so sick I could get off the couch to go to the bathroom. Everything I ate and drank, I could not keep down. My son and my ex would come over and check on me every day and sometimes spending the night to keep an eye on me. Finally my son convinced me to go to the hospital. I was there for about 8 hours and with no luck. They couldn’t find anything wrong with me. They asked me if I wanted an HIV test and because I didn’t have insurance, I said no. After a grueling month long illness, I started feeling better. I had exhausted all my cash flow I had saved up and decided to move in with family. My ex was there to take care of me through all this, which brought the 2 of us closer than ever before. We decided to get back together. Shortly after we got back together I got sick again. I decided to nip this head on when I went to the hospital again they offered the HIV test, it was free this time so I said yes. Keep in mind I have been tested regularly every 6 months so this was nothing new to me. I had just come back from the movies with my boyfriend when I noticed I had a voicemail. As I listened to it I was getting nervous. It was the hospital telling me what they found. I reluctantly called them back and that’s when my life changed. I’m sitting there listening to the person on the other end telling me I was HIV positive and all of a sudden became numb and speechless. I honestly didn’t know what to say or do. It was at this point; the person on the other end said I should take a few minutes to wrap my head around what they had just told me and give them a call back. I went into my bedroom and told my boyfriend who was in tears and then went to the living room and told my sister. She became distraught and started crying as well. I had no time to show my emotion. I headed to the hospital and to speak to the doctor that had administered the test. He told me they were 99% true. I asked for another test and a few days later it came back the same as the first. In the meantime I had not shown any emotion. I was trying to stay strong for everyone else. I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I yelled at both of them. Why am I being strong for everyone else? This happened to me. I started crying non-stop. I locked myself in my room contemplating suicide. I felt my life was over I could not and did not want to deal with this disease. I was angry, hurt and depressed. I was mainly angry that someone would deliberately give me this virus. Then one day I woke up and decided to go to a group therapy session with other men who were diagnosed with the virus as well. As I sat in on this session, I felt disgusted. They all were blaming this disease for the way their life had turned out. I decided this wasn’t me. I decided to go to college and get a degree. While in college I found a passion I hadn’t had since I was younger. I was writing. I loved writing but long since my childhood days had done so. I had thought about everything I had endured and decided to I needed to help others. It was at this point I took my struggle and my passion and decided to help others. I wrote a book called “The Journey to my New Existence, Living with HIV”. This was the first of many books I have written. After I wrote this book, a friend of my sisters came to the house. She introduced her friend to me and we talked. Through the course of our conversation I had disclosed to this new friend that I was gay and had recently been diagnosed with the virus called HIV (human immune deficiency). She didn’t know what to say. She felt bad for me and hugged me and asked me to talk to her niece and son who were both gay. She hoped I could get through to them that having unprotected sex could be harmful to them. I said I would. She went and spoke to them but they were reluctant to speak to me. She however was sleeping around as well. A year has passed and I ran into her again. We sat and had coffee and talked. She told me my story helped. I said how, and who? She said my story helped her. She had stopped sleeping around and was getting tested every 6 months. She said if it wasn’t for my story, she would still be sleeping around and could have very well had gotten the virus. I was very pleased that my story helped. It was the reason why I started writing. Since I have written that book, I have written 4 others. 2 poetry books, letting others know they are not alone in dealing with weight, beauty, love, and sexuality. 1 book called “My Closet My Fear, Coming out Stories” while I was in college my first year, the people I had met told of their friends as well as their stories of coming out of the closet and what they endured in doing so. To me, this was an eye opener. I felt people needed to know what a person goes through when they decide to come out of the closet (warning this book is not for the week hearted). My last book which is book 1 in a 4 book series is called “Letters to Me, Naked in the Woods”. Parts of this book are real and parts are not. The purpose of this book just as the title says. If you could write a letter to yourself at a younger age what would say and how would you explain the reason for the letters? My hopes in my writing are to be able to help others cope with everyday problems that people just don’t talk about but should. Since writing these books I have designed a website for people to express themselves in a safe way as opposed to harming themselves or someone else. My website is international. I have over 50 members 10,000 views, and 1400 likes. I have designed merchandise that I sell along with my books on my website. I have also designed a calendar called “The Positives of Being Positive”. The calendar depicts people living long term with HIV with a positive note for others dealing with the virus. The net proceeds to the calendar got to Aids research. For more information on any of the merchandise you can go to the web store on the site and view them. I hope my story continues to help others around the world. If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email. You can find it on my site thanks Mark Flint.
The future is what you make of it, not what you take from it!
My name is Mark Flint and I decided if you want something to change, you have to be the one to make that change. I am the editor and publisher of the Rainbow Horizon newsletter. It is in reference to the gay, lesbian bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community for the upstate northern region of New York.
I have written and published five books that help people in the GLBT community deal with everyday problems, from coming out of the closet to being HIV positive. I decided I needed to take my writing one step further and this was the best way I felt to do so. This newsletter will consist of hard hitting news that needs to be heard as well as photos, poetry, ask Mark and the final thought.
A little about myself: I was born and raised in Glens Falls N.Y., and came out of the closet seven years ago. It took me 39 years to come out of the closet because I was afraid of what my family and friends would say. As luck would have it, my family and friends were very supportive. They were even more supportive two years ago when I became HIV positive. When I found out I was HIV positive I was very distraught, but then I thought to myself, “this is not going to help me get through this disease”. So with that in mind, I decided I would better serve my health as well as others, if I put a positive spin the disease. That is exactly what I did.
I began to write about my experiences this has helped me as well as others that read my books, my post on my blog as well as my Facebook page. My only hope is that you the readers enjoy my newsletters as much as I enjoy writing for you. If there is anything you would like to see in this newsletter please feel free to let me know.
If you would like to contribute anything such as articles or photos pleases feel free to contact me and I will do everything in my power to make it happen. If you would like to advertise your business please contact me. I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you. You can send your comments to my email at: email@example.com
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Yes, straight people do support the GLTB Q Community. They are our family and friends, co-workers and confidants. Most every straight person has at least one LGBT person in their life that they love, respect or care for.
Ancient philosophies and spiritual teaching tell us of an ideal world where all are equal, respected and loved. Not physical love, but unconditional love between each human being.
So, if you are GLTB Q or know and care for someone who is, we encourage you to join this website. Awareness is the key to global harmony.
Let it begin with me.
This is the sunset while I was on a cruise to the Bahamas.
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By Mark Flint
This was written for dear friend who tends to let his past cloud his future.
Love comes and love goes, but it always hits when your heart is on the go. It comes in many different shapes and always testing your trust and faith that love exists to this special person you’re hoping is the one. Then you wait for that special day and wonder if it will always be this way?
You wonder if the year you’ve spent is long enough to know the he’s the one then heaven sent? You wonder about all you do that he will be as true as you. You give and give and want nothing back hoping that he feels the same way too. A few years past and nothing has changed, you start to see a familiar game that your exes would play back in the yesterdays.
Your faith and trust start to cause you to be judgmental again. Then you realize this is not the past and he loves you like no other has before. Your faith and trust has been built back up and realize it was just your past playing tricks on you just like it has many times before, but this time you’re stronger and learned how to close the door and leave the demons in the past where they were before. You finally see your future with the one you love and the moon and stars are finally guiding you from above.
The past is just that, the past it can never define your future only you can define your future. The question that always ponders one’s self is it worth the effort knowing what you have been through? The reality is that one day your future will define your past and not the other way around. It’s up to you to break the chains that bind you to a history of self-loathing and self-worth.
By Mark Flint
I cry at sad movies. I believe the good guy should always. They say that you friends and family guide you through your life, that's not the case with me. I guided myself through life and while doing so I guide others as well. This is me in a nut shell. I'm compassionate, caring, and loving. I give all I can give and when I can't give anymore, I dig deep down inside and find a way to give even more.
If you could go back in time and write a letter to yourself what would you say? Imagine being trapped in the woods with nowhere to go and forced to do unscrupulous things? If your only way to survive was to do whatever your captures asked you to do, would you do it? If your only way to live was to find a way for your enemies to die how would you do it? Marco struggles really hard on what to do to survive. If he does the wrong thing he may end up dead. Click the picture to find out more.
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I have been living with herpes simplex two, for five years now. You'd think that herpes is just contained to the nether regions of one’s body it's not, mines on my nose for the most part. It's not terrible except for the scars it has left on my nose. I have gotten made fun of for it, like most people who have a STD or STI, but I carried on with the happiness of friends. With my love life it's been not the most fun. No one wants to catch herpes. So I think of them as nothing because obviously they only wanted sex. On the bright side I have found someone who accepts me for me, and everything about me, including my STD.
Don't give up on anything just because of your complication, people don't accept out of the ordinary. You'll find more people who accept you for you, and will love you more than you know. For the ones that put you down, reject you and insult you, just ignore them. They are, and never were important. I am teenager who struggles with this every day and I just want others to know, you are not alone.
There's always a rainbow at the end of every storm. :)
---Someone like You
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