ATEC - Episode 46: A Gay Man's Guide to Life ft. Britt East

Episode 46: A Gay Man's Guide to Life featuring Britt East

Britt East didn’t know any other experience growing up but that of abuse and his family’s legacy of intergenerational trauma. Without a mentor or trusted teacher to guide him he spent his childhood alone, struggling to find his identity. Without structures in place to help him navigate his way as a gay man, he moved through th world void of a sense of self. For a while, he lived in a state of fury and took on the mindset of a fighter who needed to beat everything around him down. It wasn’t until he found himself in his first long-term relationship that Britt finally took off his mask and discovered his voice.


Now a speaker and author of the new book A Gay Man’s Guide to Life, Britt hopes to help others recognize that being marginalized does not mean you might not marginalize others, most people are complex mixtures of privilege and adversity, societal homophobia is alive and well and that even gay men need to confront their own prejudices. In this episode Britt shares the story of how curiosity and empathy saved him and how he became the person he was meant to be.

Britt East is an author and speaker who uses his experience, strength, and hope to challenge and inspire change-oriented gay men to get down to the business of improving their lives. With over two decades of personal growth and development experience in a variety of modalities, such as the 12 Steps, Nonviolent Communication, yoga, meditation, talk therapy, and the Hoffman Process, Britt is committed to building a personal practice of self-discovery that he can then share with gay men everywhere. He lives in Seattle with his husband and their crazy dog. Learn more about him at britteast.com.



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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