I was born in Romania and socialized there as a boy through the age of four. I came to New York City not speaking English, landing in the rich diversity of Queens. Race and gender differences were strongly highlighted, along with the overt homophobia of the early 80s.
I have long sought for intimate, supportive relationships with other men. It's been a mixed bag, to say the least. I know that men often suffer in loneliness, cut off from their feelings and struggling under the pressures of modern life. I want to disrupt the homophobia and toxic masculinity that prevent closeness between myself and other men. I want to encourage tenderness, vulnerability and sincerity while having fun and belly-laughing. I want to build long-term friendships and support networks for men who want to protect and serve the world, while creating a community that helps us to show up as our best selves.