What began as a passion project between TAG’s two cofounders has uniquely transformed into a transformative platform on which authors who share a diversity of perspectives on LGBT topics can voice authentic truths and opinions. The Authentic Gay was born out of a recognized need for free online self-help resources for the gay community, and was originally founded to spark much needed dialogue on important topics such as mental health, physical well-being, community, and interpersonal relationships. The name we chose for our blog is a reference to a famous psychological paradigm known as “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” in which an individual strives for self-actualization only once he achieves the underlying foundational needs required to necessitate authentic living. These foundational needs include love and belonging, sexual intimacy, self-esteem, confidence, and receiving respect from others, just to name a few.
Our mission at The Authentic Gay is to cultivate an educational and fun space for LGBT individuals in which they can search for answers that will help them feed these needs necessary for higher authentic living. By encouraging dialogue on topics such as drug use, queer relationships, and health topics, we hope that our audience will help perpetuate a safe space where people can interact and share authentic and informed ideas.