Memorizing You is a novel that tell the story of two young men and how they find love in a world and a time where it is simply not accepted to be homosexual. Very actual for some of us. The book was written deliberate in its design to reach a mainstream audience, and I only wish many people will read it. If so, they will experience they cannot walk away from it unaffected. Memorizing You is a story of love that, once exposed to it, will embed itself in your heart, mind and soul. No matter who you are and what your sexual preference is. It shows the burden of the responsibility we have as humans to make certain that everyone has the capacity to love. And the freedom to love. It shows that if there is a divine spark, it is found in the heart that is humane because that is where love originates in our capacity to care for others. It also shows that to deny the divinity of our ability to care and love is the aberration; the thing that is unnatural. And that hatred is not just a simple expression, it is a choice that can alter something a lifetime. That bigotry is something that is chosen; love is not.
Our words and actions, no matter how small, change things around us everyday. Even if we don't notice them or think they are ordinary. We chose to do a feature in our magazine on Memorizing You and writer Dan Skinner’s “mission", and he was contacted because of that by several people who shared with him their experiences that truly touched him. One was a Jewish man in his late seventies who went to great lengths to find Dan on Twitter, and then on his Facebook page. He had just lost his partner of over fifty years, and he read the book because he saw it on BeautifulMag. He said he cried for two days because he had lived all those years in love with a man whom he could only claim to be his friend and roommate. And that we had only now turned a corner in time when he could have proclaimed his love in marriage. The other was a teenaged boy who was simply terrified to come out to his parents, but when he read the words from Memorizing You, -" How can we dream in the light if we are not allowed to live in it" - he found the courage to tell his parents. Luckily, they accepted him with open arms. Wespread the word of Memorizing You which resulted in two people reaching out to Dan, telling him their stories that confirmed to how important our battle is, and how we cannot slacken our pace, or falter in our determination to pursue the freedom to love for everyone... equally. We did it this time, but you can do the same thing. Open the door to others to express what they have hidden for so many years. And change will happen! –BM-
Cover photography by Michael Dar.
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