To the Editor:
As the Blade reported last week, actor Wentworth Miller came out as gay in a letter condemning the way Russia is treating LGBT people. He signed it as a member of HRC, GLAAD and The ManKind Project. MKP is an international organization of men dedicated to healing themselves, supporting each other and working to create a safer and more compassionate world. We do that through a powerful weekend retreat, the New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA), and ongoing men’s circles.
I joined the Project in 2005 and am grateful for how it has equipped me to move past my shame and victimhood, love myself, and embrace my power as a man. I’ve found men who challenge and support me. We are a brotherhood: if Wentworth came to D.C., he’d be welcome (like any other out-of-town brother) at our circles.
Although MKP is mostly straight, it values and embraces gay, bi, trans and questioning men. One way is by offering special “gateway” NWTAs, where most of the staff and participants are GBTQ. We are about to have our second mid-Atlantic gateway NWTA on Oct. 11-13 in the Charles Town, W.Va., area.
If you want what Wentworth and I have, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or check out Mankindpride.org or mkp.org. Or come to an open circle on Monday Sept. 16 or 30, 7-9:30 p.m., in the Convention Center area, and/or an open house on Monday Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m., at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. —Randy Marks, Takoma Park