[A photograph of me] Hi!  I’m Charlie Galvin.

I hope you will enjoy your visit with me today.  I’d like to tell you a little about myself and the important things in my life.  I’ve selected some of my poetry and essays for your reading pleasure.  There is a page dedicated to the poetry of George Sterling, who was one of San Francisco’s literary lions in the early 20th century, but is little remembered now.  You’ll also find a page of my favorite WWW links for your enjoyment and edification.


Up Close & Personal

I’m 49 years old and single.  I live in San Francisco, a city in Northern California in the United States of America.  I work for a small law firm in San Francisco.  If you really want to, you can read my autobiography or just scroll on down to learn what’s important in my life today. 


Important Influences

chalice with flame I am a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco.  Universalism and Unitarianism have their roots in Christianity (and both were and are considered heresies by many Christians), but Unitarian Universalist spirituality today draws not only from the Judeo-Christian tradition, but also from all of the world’s major religions and humanist inspirational sources.  It’s a welcoming spiritual philosophy with no dogma to chase after your karma.  If the idea of a liberal, non-creedal spiritual community appeals to you, you may find the Website of the Unitarian Universalist Association of interest.  There you will find our principles and purposes, information about our history, and links to UU congregations throughout the U.S. (and the Church of the Larger Fellowship for those who are drawn to UU spirituality, but don’t live near a UU congregation). 


Esperanto flag There are thousands of languages spoken on Earth, and dozens by more than 1,000,000 people.  The United Nations has hundreds of interpreters (and spends millions on translation) for just six working languages.  How can you have real communication through an interpreter, anyhow?  Or equal communication when one person is using their native tongue and another isn’t?  Since many problems arise when people can’t communicate well with each other, wouldn’t it seem that world peace would be a step closer if people other than gifted linguists could talk to each other and make friends?  (You don’t drop bombs on your friends!)  Anyone can have fun and make friends near and far—with Esperanto, an easy-to-learn second language for everybody.  I learned it in 1985 and have been having a great time ever since. 


rainbow flag] What, me in the closet?  pink triangle I don’t think so!  In fact, I used to be something of an activist for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning people (“LGBTQ” or “queer” people, although some find the latter term offensive [I don’t!]).  In particular, for the rights of queer youth.  Although most of my “activism” is now right here on these pages, I have volunteered with Community United Against Violence (CUAV) as a member of the Lesbian/Gay Speakers Bureau.  From time to time I can be found reading and responding to messages in the soc.support.youth.gay-lesbian-bi newsgroup.  I was formerly a member of PFLAG San Francisco, a local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  I’ve assembled many links to information and resources for queer folk, their families and friends. 


If you want to know me better, have a look at my writing.  The links I’ve chosen will also give you more of an idea about who I am and what’s important to me.  And, of course, you can always contact me for direct answers. 

Copyright © 2009 by Charles E. Galvin Jr.  All rights reserved.

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