Tanner's Space


About Me

I have been an inhabitant of this planet for twenty seven years to date. So far throughout life I have worn many labels, and I expect to wear many more before this wonder filled journey of mine is over. I have grown up struggling with acceptance of myself, thinking that I was defined by my parents and family. I joined the Marine Corps almost eight years ago and began to think that maybe that is what defines me. In 2012 I was diagnosed with HIV and then yet again I thought that that is what defined me. I have learned in the past couple years that nothing and yet everything defines who I am. Live life with me, I will rant about things, discuss HIV, share my experiences as a gay man, and will probably even post some fictional articles to sate my sudden creative outbursts. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy putting myself out there!

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Recent Posts

  • Public Breastfeeding
    Category: Random Thoughts
    The other day I was on Facebook and saw a picture of a woman breastfeeding in public. Some of the comments were all about how disturbing and inappropriate this behavior was. One of the things that I noticed about those negative comments was that every one of them came from a man. This isn't surprising to me, especially since men have always tried to control women and subjugate them in some form or fashion throughout history. Me being myself, I can't help but to express my own thoughts on this subject. […]
  • A Broken Community
    Category: LBGT, Random Thoughts
    Pride month has once again come, kicking off […]
  • Fitness Test Wake Up Call
    Category: Marine Life
    In the Marine Corps we have a tendency to put a lot of emphasis on our fitness. We believe, and are quite possible correct in our thought, that we have the hardest fitness standards than any other branch. We like to compete and brag about high scores. In fact, most Marines even attach a higher regard for fitness test results than for job performance or even rifle qualifications. Marines can be so ingrained into our culture that they don't even realize that while physical fitness may come naturally to some, others of us have to work hard at it to maintain. To those of us growing up in the Marines, we don't realize how much harder our fitness is to maintain until we reach a certain point. […]
  • Who am I?Who am I?
    Category: Random Thoughts
    I believe that the question of "Who am I?" runs in the back of just about everybody's mind, whether consciously or subconsciously. Most of us think we have some type of idea of who we are. In reality though, is it really even possible for us to know fully and completely who we are as individuals? Or are we too close to ourselves that we fool ourselves into believing that we are more, less, or just different than who we truly are? […]
  • Resistance to U equals U
    Category: HIV Blogs
    As a nation, and as a community, it is our duty to make the world around us a better place. I believe that our purpose in life is to take what we have been given and improve upon it. That means that we must be willing to not only accept change, but to make change happen. After all, change is the only way to take something and improve upon it. […]
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