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Kilt of Horrors: Valley High Horror

Kilt-of-HorrorsSenior year here I come! My high school years were coming to an end. It had been a bit of a roller coaster these past 3 years. Tons of homework, changes to my body and my mind, and just trying to fit in. It is a lot to deal with at 17 years old!

Who am I you ask? My name is Andrew. I am a senior at Valley High. At times, I didn’t think I would make it this far. I thought I would be dead by now. I had a tough childhood and was often bullied by my classmates. They made my life a living hell for at least the first 2 years of high school. Then things seemed to calm down, after the fools got kicked out and their bad deeds caught up with them.

I took up weight lifting in my junior year and lo and behold my skinny frame started to fill in. My Dad stopped trying to make me into his clone and my Mom trusted me to do the right thing whenever I was out with friends.

On the recommendation of my childhood friend Shelley, I even took up track and field. I didn’t know how competitive I was! I always liked board games, but this was totally new to me! I won my first meet last January, and here I was now the captain of the relay team going into my senior year.

To the casual outsider, it looked like everything was going right for me. Except for one thing — I was gay. Would my family and friends still love me if they knew? Would I get taunted again, because of who I was during matches?

I told myself I was going to be OK. I just had to take that first step. I was to give a speech to the entire student body during Thanksgiving week. This would be my time — to own who and what I was. I even decided I needed a special outfit for the occasion. I looked online at my family history, and found out that I had some Scottish ancestry. I decided that I would order myself a kilt to wear for the occasion. It looked a bit rock and roll. It was what they call a hybrid, part Utility kilt and part tartan kilt. This was going to be part of my coming out day outfit.

The package arrived and it looked great with my boots and designer shirt. I finished writing up my speech and the weeks flew by, as I was busy with classes and after-school activities. Finally, the day arrived. It was time to give the speech. I dressed in my normal kakhis and school polo in the morning, and changed before I came out to give the speech. As I approached the microphone, there were a few gasps from the crowd, like huh? What is that guy wearing?

Dear fellow students,

It is a great time to be alive! Our teachers have been recognized for their outstanding leadership and our coaches are all come off of past winning seasons. We have given back to the community around us via feeding the homeless and cleaning up neighborhood playgrounds. Senior year has been a time of reflection for me and most of my classmates. I have been struggling with something my whole life. Despite looking to most like I got it made, I really don’t. I have been hiding a part of me, and it is time for me to break free and set the record straight. I am gay! (Again, a few gasps and laughs from the crowd.) But I am not going to hide who I am anymore. It is time for all of us, to be proud of who we are. I am proud to be a golden eagle! I am proud to be a student at Valley High!

The crowd erupted in rapturous applause! The haters were drowned out. I was free. Afterwards, my classmates kept coming up to me and congratulated me on how awesome and inspiring my speech was. The outpouring of love and support was amazing! I even got interviewed by the new editor of the school newspaper — Julio. He was a sexy latin guy who had just transferred from Colorado.

Before you know it Julio and I were dating. He had always loved men in kilts and here I was in the same class with him! It was wild that I could finally live my truth. What I didn’t know was that things were about to get weird for all of us at Valley High.

It all started at the first movie night of the AV Club. They were doing a salute to Leonardo Decaprio and the first movie up was “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” Julio and I wanted to be there, but I was running late from work (did I mention I worked part time at a book store?). But from what heard, the lights went down in the auditorium, and a fire broke out in the control room.

People started screaming and running from the exits. Someone said they saw someone in a kilt running out the back door.

Luckily everyone got out in time, and there was only minimal damage to the school before the fire department showed up.

The next day rumors started circulating that I had tried to burn the school down. I told them I wasn’t even there as my boss pulled inventory on me that night, and I had to stay at work until 10 PM.

Now Julio had an interesting relationship with his parents. His Dad seemed cool and was a former athlete himself. His Mom, or should I say step-Mom, was another thing. She was always hard on Julio and seemed disappointed/sad when she found out that Julio and I started going out. She came from a strict religious background from what I was told, and that her Dad had died of AIDS.

Months flew by and why wouldn’t they… what with school, work and the track team. Before you know it was time for the big Spring Fling dance. I was able to talk Julio into getting a kilt to match mine for the occasion. The dance went off without a hitch thanks to the efforts of the School Spirit Committee. There were lights, lasers and a fantastic DJ who played all my favorite songs. Too bad the event had to end at 10 PM because it was on school grounds.

So when it was over there was a big group of us just shooting the shit in the parking lot after the event. Lots of seflies and funny pictures; talk of what we were going to do with the rest of the weekend; what was playing at the movies or streaming online.

Next thing we know this car come barreling at us out of nowhere! And the person who was behind the wheel was none other than my ex-girlfriend, Kristin. Did I forget to mention that I dated girls in the past?

I guess she is not taking to the new me like the rest of my classmates. Kirstin seemed cool after we broke it off last summer. She was busy with the cheerleading squad in addition to the School Spirit Committee.

Photos of me and Julio along with a patch of tartan cloth were found burning in a trash can near where Kirstin had parked her car. I reached out to her via text, but she didn’t respond.

Next week at school, I was assigned a big project in history class. I had to write a paper about the Renaissance. My history teacher was Mr. Thomas. I always suspected that he was a closet case. And I wasn’t the only one. He was very attentive to the guys in the class.

Between work, school and track team, there wasn’t much time for me and Julio. But he was busy too, and I knew we would find quality time together soon — There was a 3-day weekend coming up for us. Another day to unwind and let loose.

We were going to go to the Lady GaGa concert in the next town over. Unfortunately, our car broke down, and we had to crash at a cousin’s house that night instead of coming back to town.

We got back to town in the morning, after the car got fixed. What we didn’t expect was that the town was reeling from a brutal murder the night before. Fr. Magnus O’Flannery had been murdered in the confessional of the church. Fr. O’Flannery was one of those colorful characters who always had a story to tell. I remember him showing up at the local Scottish festival in his family tartan.

Back at school, Mr. Thomas was acting weirder than usual. In fact, he disappeared later that week. Someone said they saw him on a travel website buying a ticket to Bermuda.

Things sure had gotten weird the past couple of months. And why did it all seem to start happening after I started wearing kilts? So far I had avoided a school fire and being run-over. Who could have murdered Fr. O’Flannery? and was it connected in any way to Mr. Thomas running off?

Things quieted down for a few weeks. The police still had no clues in the murder. Mr. Thomas had been tracked down in Bermuda with one of the locals there. Seems he had made a love connection online and he went to be with them.

Graduation was right around the corner. I was almost done with high school. My parents were going to rent a limo for me that day, and Julio and some other friends were going to go with us in it. When we went to Julio’s house, his Mom said he wasn’t ready yet, and that we would have to go on without him.

WTF? How could he be late for his own graduation? We had coordinating kilts picked out for the occasion. And he usually texted me “good morning handsome” every day too. But today, I just got a text saying he didn’t sleep well. Something just didn’t seem right.

On the way to the graduation, Detective Sanders called and wanted to talk. He said he was closing in on the murderer, but had a few questions for me. Seriously, could I have any more drama in one day? I told the detective I had a few minutes to talk just before the ceremony (but he would have to make it quick).

Well, the time came for the ceremony to start and still no Julio. Things were definitely not right. The names started being called and I was still hoping he would show up. But then, I saw someone that shouldn’t have been there. It was Julio’s Mom! Why was she here? And where was Julio?

I texted my parents to find her in the crowd. She moved around the room, trying to avoid being seen. But I knew what I saw — she was here somewhere. The principal was getting close to my name … Andrew Taylor. I walked up on the platform, and and waved to my parents. As I was shaking the Dean’s hand, a shot rang out, and a bullet grazed my shoulder.

Could the day get any worse? Now I was in a school shooting. Everyone scrambled to get out of the building. And we were happy that there were no more bullets flying. It seems like someone had it out for me. The cops had the idea to check the school cameras and see if they could find any clues.

So far, we had a fire (and someone in a kilt) who ran away. Fr. O’Flannery? No, no way, he wasn’t up to running for a man his age. Then we had my ex almost run us over because she was jealous. And don’t forget the closest case, Mr. Thomas, who ran off to be with his internet boyfriend in Bermuda. His departure was still too close to Fr. O’Flannery’s murder for my taste.

Thank God the school had installed those cameras last year. The shooting itself was not on camera. But they did show who arrived last and who ran out first: Mrs. Lopez, Julio’s Mom. She had just moved to suspect #1.

Paramedics were called and took me to emergency. Meanwhile, my parents followed the cops to confront Mrs. Lopez. Mr. Lopez was out of town on business that weekend. She answered the door and did her best to get rid of the cops. But her story still didn’t add up. Why was she there on her own? Where was Julio? The cops started to look around the property. And in the backyard trash bin was a burned up kilt. And then they heard muffled screams coming from the back bedroom.

The cops busted the door down, and quickly were able to take Mrs. Lopez down. They got to the back bedroom to find Julio tied up to a chair. They got the gag off of him — “I always knew my step-Mom was nuts!” is all he had to say.

Pretty soon, my phone was blowing up with texts from Julio. Are you OK? I really missed being there with you at the graduation.

Mrs. Lopez was the missing puzzle piece. Seems she couldn’t stand her son being gay, what with what her father did to her. She dressed in drag to set the fire at school. And then she murdered the priest, cause he told her that she should move on and accept her son as is. She was there to kill me, as a way of showing her son that being gay is not a happy life. And that it always ends tragically.

Boy, was she wrong! My life was not tragic. I was full of life, excited for the future. And I was going to go about it being the real me. Armed with optimism, talent and a few kilts, I was ready to face my future. Now let’s hope college is not so dramatic!

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

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Celebrating Pride 2016

As I am getting older, what Pride means has changed. When I was in my 20’s, I could go to Gay Pride for 2 days, 8-10 hour days each day. Now if I spend 3 hours there, it seems to be a miracle.100_6750

This has been an interesting year for me. I have had a few milestones like paying off most of my credit card debt. And planning for my wedding. Friends and family have had some serious health challenges, and you start to question what your own golden years are going to be like.

So yes, I will be making my annual appearance at the Pride Festival and Pride Parade. We like to go to the festival on Saturday night when it is less crowded than on Sunday. Sunday, we will watch the parade with some friends from church, and then go home.

More important though is the fact that I am living my life out loud where I live and work. At home, we have a rainbow flag in our window, and come and go as a gay couple. At work, I have pictures of me and my partner in my cubicle, and on the internal company social network too. There is no doubting that we are together.

The planning a wedding thing is interesting…. I never thought I was going to see this in my lifetime. Now it will be here before I know it. How elaborate or how small of a ceremony do you have? Of do you have one at all? We know how we feel about each other and want to have this ceremony, because we love each other — and we deserve it. We are special people, and what we have together is special too.

So I am not wearing a kilt in the wedding… but we are wearing matching outfits. Am I going to have any family there? Who knows? They will be invited, and then it will be up to them to decide if that is right for them or not. When I first brought up the idea to my parents, they weren’t so supportive… even though, they have known my partner for 27 years.

The acceptance and visibility of LGBT people in the last few years has been amazing to watch. I wish my friends that have passed on, could have lived to see it.

I hope that you live your pride — all year long — in every area of your life. I am trying my best to do so.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Editors note: This blog was written before the horrible events in Orlando, FL.

Guys I Want to See in a Kilt Part 3

 

It is refreshing to see more and more kilt companies popping up in the last few years. They see a market for something different with men’s clothing. And who better to improve visibility for kilts, then to see a celebrity wearing one. I would love to see the following celebrities out and about in a kilt. I am sure they would make some best-dressed lists if they did.

Sam Hunt — This country hunk has made a splash on the music scene in the past year with his album “Montevallo” and it’s singles “Take Your Time” and “House Party.” I can imagine him rocking a utility kilt for sure.

Teddy Sears — Besides being an actor in such shows as “The Flash” and “Masters of Sex,“ this man is an athlete who loves surfing and triathlons. A sport kilt sounds up his alley.

Matt Bomer — He’s been in big box-office hits (Magic Mike) and TV shows too (American Horror Story: Hotel). Plus he’s gay in real life. I could see him wearing a kilt on the red carpet some time.

Ben McKenzie — He’s come a long way since “The OC”. Now starting on Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham” as Detective James Gordon. He plays a tough guy on TV, but I bet he has a softer side in real life. Plus he has Scottish ancestry too.

Tom Mison — He stars on “Sleepy Hollow,” as a man who is from another time. So he is used to period clothing. What has more tradition and history than wearing a kilt?

Jamie Bell — The boy who was “Billy Elliot” has grown up nicely. He has a background in dance, besides acting in such films as “The Eagle” and “Snowpiercer.” I could see him wearing a hiking kilt on the weekends.

Jason Derulo — Pop/R&B hit-maker Jason Derulo has given us such fun songs as “Talk Dirty” and “Want to Want Me.” Plus, he’s taken on judging on “So You Think You Can Dance” also. He is always very stylish and trendy with his clothes. I could see him rocking a kilt in his concerts.

Corey Stoll — He’s equally at home on screens big (Ant-Man) and small (House of Cards). He’s tall and has big ears… just imagine him wearing a kilt commando.

Jason Statham — Action hunk Jason Statham has definitely kicked some major ass on the big screen in such films as “The Transporter” and “Fast 8.” I can’t imagine anyone taking issue with him when he is wearing a kilt.

Chris O’Donnell — He started in the movies (Batman & Robin), but now makes his home on TV (NCIS: Los Angeles). Plus he has some modeling on his resume. I could see him wearing a kilt relaxing on vacation.

Zac Efron — He came from the Disney Channel (High School Musical), but he’s graduated to big screen roles in “Hairspray and “Neighbors.” He boyish charm, and hot body would make him look great in a kilt.

So, those are my choices for this latest round of kilt fantasy hunks. Did I mention your favorite? Be sure to check out Parts 1 & 2 of this series. Sound off in the comments with your choices.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Happy 4th Anniversary Kilt Man!

My how time flies! I am celebrating year 4 of this blog. What started as a casual thing, has turned into a fun hobby for me. I get to write about things that I like and am passionate about and share my views with the world. Like any muscle, writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly. It has been challenging at times to continue to be original or creative, but I push on knowing that I am better for doing so. For a shy guy like me, this blog has allowed me a platform I never had before. I am grateful for readers like you taking the time to read, follow, share and like my posts. So what were the highlights of last year?Happy 4th Anniversary Kilt Man

On the TV landscape, I gave my opinion on which movie stars should be headed for the small screen. I predicted the winner of “American Idol” (again); and talked about what the problem with “The Voice” is and why it will never be “Idol.”

On the fashion front, I gave my opinion on why people are afraid of Speedos; and why should wear kilts for the holidays. I am all about self expression and marching to the beat of your own drum. Let the people see the real you.

I celebrated hunks on film, and those that I would love to see in kilts. Plus, I talked about the hunky men of New Kids on the Block, who just seem to get better with age.

My love of music brought us concertsreviews of Barry Gibb, Katy Perry and more. Plus, my love letter to Madonna about her new inspired album “Rebel Heart.” Inspired by the movie “Boyhood”, I did my own take on Black Albums from Boy Bands and Girl Groups.

Marriage equality continued it’s steady march thought 2014-15. Plus we are on the verge of the Supreme Court finally deciding things once and for all (at least we hope). But now these religious freedom laws are popping up all over. Get over it!

So what will the next year of this blog bring? Who knows! But I do know it will encompass all of me: the kilt-loving, music freak, who loves to go to the movies, go on hikes, goes to church, loves to take photos, and concerned citizen for social justice. And that’s just me off the top of my head! Don’t get me started. Thanks for being a part of this incredible journey on my blog.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

5 Reasons to Wear Kilts at Christmas

Tis the season! I love the holidays especially Christmas. It is a magical time, with all the lights, great music, plus time with loved ones. As a kilt wearer this is a great time, and I will tell you why. Here are the 5 reasons to wear kilts to all your Christmas parties and celebrations:100_3323

  1. They are festive. So many tartans already have red or green in them, add in a nice shirt, tie, and jacket — and you have the making of a fun and festive outfit. I have even worn some of my Utilikilts with a red tux shirt and it looked cool too.
  1. They are a conversation starter. At this time of year, you usually go to a few parties, whether work, church, neighbors, friends or family. You will be meeting new people for sure. Kilts are a great conversation starter. I have had more people comment on my kilt than I ever did wearing a suit. And people usually approach me first… which is nice. Believe it or not, I am a bit of an introvert.
  2. You will look sharp. No doubt about it, you will probably be one of the best dressed people at the party. Kilt wearers are known for bringing out the big guns at the holidays… their nicest kilts, shirts, sporrans, kilt pins, jackets etc.
  3. You made yourself memorable. More and more strangers at parties want to take pictures with me because they love the kilt. And if they don’t remember my name the next time they see me, they sure remember the kilt — even if I am not wearing one the next time I see them.
  1. You expressed yourself. Who says real men don’t wear kilts? I say they do. I always felt that I wanted to fit in as I was growing up. Now I know that I was born to stand out! I get to express my personality and individuality through my wardrobe — more so than by wearing Dockers and a bad Christmas sweater would.

So kilt up this holiday season! You are sure to be a hit at all your holiday functions. Thanks to all my readers — may you have a blessed holiday season. And I look forward to new blog topics in the New Year.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Guys I Want to See in a Kilt Part 2

For years, men’s fashions on the red carpet, has been tuxes and designer suits. And often in their downtime, you will see celebrities in jeans and T-shirts. Isn’t it about time we saw more male stars wearing kilts — either on the red carpet or on their personal time? I and loads of others would love to see it happen. Here are more men that I think could pull it off.

Colin Farrell — Star of Saving Mr. Banks, A Home at the End of the World, In Bruges. He would look great on screen or the red carpet in a traditional Scottish kilt. He’s got the confidence and cockiness to pull it off.

Michael Fassbender — Star of 12 Years a Slave, Shame, Prometheus. He is pretty fearless as an actor. Why not be as fearless in his fashions? Plus, everyone would love to think of him going commando with it.

Dwayne Johnson — Star of the Fast & Furious franchise. He’s definitely buff enough, and has some nice legs. Plus he’s part Polynesian… and they wear sarongs or grass skirts. A nice leather kilt with some combat boots would look hot.

Chris Evans — Star of The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Snowpiercer. The all American boy would look great in a Sport Kilt. Going to the supermarket or out for some errands.

Theo James — Star of Divergent, Underworld: Awakening. He’s a British hunk who helped make Divergent a hit this past spring. He would look great on the red carpet in a traditional kilt.

Liam Hemsworth — Star of the Hunger Games series, The Last Song. He’s got a hot brother (Chris) but he’s nice to look at too.

Chris Pratt — Star of Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Recreation. He’s gone from chunk to hunk. Plus he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Perfect attitude for guys who wear kilts.

Alex Pettyfer — Star of Magic Mike, Endless Love. Another pretty boy, who I could see putting on a Utilikilt for Coachella or some other music fest.

Tom Hardy — Star of Locke, The Dark Knight Rises. Luscious lips, a hot body, and an accent. What would make him hotter — how about a kilt?

Joe Manganiello — Star of True Blood, Magic Mike. Currently I am watching season 5 of True Blood (I know I am behind)… and he is definitely swoon worthy. One of the hottest bodies around… just the thought of him going commando. Woah!

Chris Daughtry — Music star from American Idol, “Home,” “Feels Like Tonight”. Yes, I had to have one singer in here. He’s got a nice body and a handsome face. He wouldn’t be the first rocker to try it.

Well, that’s it. Did I leave someone out? Let me know your thoughts. Be sure to refresh your memory of who was on Part 1 of my list. And I hope more men (celebrities and regular guys) realize how natural and comfortable it is to wear a kilt. I am already there.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Kilt Man!

My how time flies! Here we are celebrating the 3rd anniversary of this blog. It has been quite a ride for me. I never knew that I had this all in me. I always enjoyed creating things from an early age. I loved to play with Lego’s and Toggle Toys — toys that allowed my imagination to soar. These days beside my day job as a graphic designer, I love to take photos, make scrapbooks and I love to write! I just wrote in my journal tonight… the one I have been keeping for 25+ years. But, let’s get back to the blog…Blog Anniversary 3

Here are some highlights from the past year. I still love my individuality and how I express myself. I answered back a kilt hater with Top 5 Reasons My Kilt Rocks. I highlighted the Top 10 Places to Wear Speedos. I admitted my secret kilt crushes in Guys I Want to See in a Kilt. And I also informed people about kilts in my Kilt Q&A. And finally, Why Kilts Are for Me… because they are cool, and I look good in them. And who could forget: Can’t Be Naked? Kilt It.

Remember the old Go-Go’s song “Girl of 100 Lists”? Well, I am the guy with a 100 lists. My love of lists brought us: male singers, female singers, and groups in the music field; movie franchises, and best dancers in pop music also got their own lists. Not to mention all the concert, movie and TV reviews/mentions I covered also.

2013 and 2014 have been banner years for gay rights and marriage equality. I hope that I helped those issues along myself with being so open and honest about my life and my relationship. Love is Love, Being Me, Why Are People So Afraid of Gay Couples, and Catholics and Marriage Equality: A Personal Perspective — all covered topics that are close to my heart. My partner and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this year. And we are engaged to be married also.

So what will the next year of the KiltMan blog bring? All I know is — I will continue to live my life openly and freely. And share my interests with you along the way. Thanks for being a part of my journey, by reading, commenting and sharing this blog. I hope to keep you entertained, challenged and informed from my little corner of the world.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Why Kilts Are for Me

For the past 10 years or so, I have been wearing a kilt almost daily. It has been one of the best times of my life honestly. I like being me, being Dan. And for a long time, I didn’t like me. Can I attribute that all to the fact that I like wearing kilts? I don’t think so. But one thing is for sure, I am not about to stop wearing them!DSCF1772

For me, it all started when I saw Utilikilts at the gay pride festival. I thought they looked cool, and started to look into getting one. I finally ordered one online, and haven’t looked back.

During those early kilt days, I wasn’t wearing it too much, just sometimes on the weekend or around the house. It took some getting used to honestly. But then I realized I could wear it so many different ways — dressed up for events, dressed down for hiking. So I started to wear it more and more.

I felt sexy and interesting. Someone I would want to talk to at a party. Yes, there were people staring, but more often than not people said I looked good, and wanted to know where I got it at. I know I started to feel better about myself.

I got another Utilikilt, and 2 more too. It was fun putting my outfits together, and having some fun with fashion. Something that I longed for, since I consider myself a creative person. It was refreshing that I was thinking outside the box of what a guy should dress like.

Also during the last 10 years, my relationship with my partner has deepened and my self-esteem and self-acceptance have increased. I love my life, and am happy I was able to survive those turbulent teen years. I am now a guy who is comfortable in his own skin.

So yeah, I get that I may get some stares with what I choose to wear. At this point in my life, I don’t give a fuck (excuse my language). This is me. It makes me happy and I know that I rock it.

I have gotten one nice dress kilt now, that I hope to get married in this year. Plus a leather one and another tartan sport kilt too. I know I will be getting more kilts in the future. So if you see a fun, life-loving guy out on the hiking trails, or at a concert in a kilt — be assured he is enjoying his life and living for himself.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Being Me

My lover has said to me — being with me is like always being on parade. He’s entitled to his opinion! I get what he said, but you know what — who doesn’t love a parade! Why not celebrate your life — and be the funky, crazy, unique person you were born to be. I can push the limits for sure. But at the end of the day, it is Dan being Dan. And why should I have to live by what someone else thinks of me? I know my life is better, when I just let myself be. God made me perfect as I am.DSCF1652

One of my personal heroes is Madonna. Here is a strong powerful individual who is not afraid to march to the beat of her own drum. I relate to her! I always felt like an outcast when I was growing up. I was never macho enough, good looking enough, not into sports, a bit of a nerd, and good at school. Plus I was shy too, which made it hard for me to make many friends.

Now here I am approaching 50, and comfortable in my own skin. So yeah, I like to rock a kilt, shave my head or have a mohawk. Plus I love female singers, boy bands, Speedos, and being with my lover intimately. God doesn’t make mistakes. He made me perfect as I am.

So yeah, I gave the neighbors and some strangers a show recently. I wore my black kilt, with purple knee socks and a purple shirt. And we got into a friend’s car that was blasting some old-school Madonna. So, yes, my lover may have been gay by association at that moment. But hey, I know I rocked the look, and thinking about it now makes me feel good and brings a smile to my face. It is good to be me.

I am glad I lived through those darker days, and now I can enjoy being me.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Can’t Be Naked? Kilt It

As much as I love being naked, there are times you have to wear some clothes. Wearing a kilt is about as close to being naked as you can get. My love affair with kilts began over 10 years ago. I had seen kilts at various street fairs and gay pride festivals, and thought they looked cool. I finally got the nerve to order one over the net, and I haven’t looked back. Now a day doesn’t go by where I don’t wear a kilt. It fits me, I love how it feels and looks, and I know that I rock it too.Dan w/ Kilt Commando

Kilts are not for the faint-hearted. You have to have some balls so to speak to wear one. You definitely will be attracting attention to yourself — but so what? Why be normal? What fun is there in that! They are great conversation starters, and can be dressed up or dressed down to fit just about any situation. I have worn mine to weddings, parties, hiking, shopping, concerts and much more.

So where can I buy a kilt you ask? Here’s my list of the top kilt makers on the market — both utility kilts and traditional ones too.

Sport Kilt
Are you the sporty type? Then these kilts may be for you. They are the preferred kilts of athletes in the Highland Games. They are light-weight and comfortable, with a velcro closure and a touch of elastic in the waistband. Prices range from $59.50 to $89.50 for the original model. Available in traditional Scottish tartans (plaid) as well as some camo models too.

Amerikilt
Another good American kilt manufacturer is Amerikilt — The American Kilt. Great casual kilts, these kilts are typical utility-type kilts with a detachable sporran (pouch) made from the same cotton fabric. Solid colors are standard, but they do offer a tye-die version too. Prices range from $109 to $179 for their kilts.

Utilikilts
The most famous and one of the most stylish of the utility kilts are made in Seattle, WA. Their tagline is “We Sell Freedom.” These are the kilts that have been featured on “Survivor” and “True Blood.” They come in solid colors, as well as some nice camo versions also. The original comes with 2 large cargo pockets, and features a snap front. Prices range from $150 for the new standard, to $220 for the original version. Tux and leather versions are also available at much higher prices.

Heritage of Scotland
For traditionalists, this is the way to go. Actually made in the United Kingdom, they offer a wide range of Scottish kilts as well as all the accessories to go with it: shoes, sporran, jacket, shirt, socks, etc. So if you are planning on getting gay married, this may be the way to go. Packages range from $163 to $1000+ for deluxe outfits.

Atlanta Kilts
Not ready to commit to buying one? Well, how about renting one. This firm offers specials for full kilt outfit rentals, great for the entire wedding party.  Rentals start at just $45, and go up to $179 for the full outfit. They also sell the individual items too.

Other US-based kilt companies include: UT Kilts, Bilt Kilt and Stumptown Kilts.

One word of caution when ordering online: Please be sure to follow the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer. Your pant size does not necessarily coincide with sizing for kilts. I wouldn’t want you to order the wrong size now.

So when you have to throw on some clothes next time you leave the house, consider wearing a kilt. You won’t regret it, in fact, you may find the experience addictive. As for the age-old question, what do your wear under your kilt? Commando is the way to go — feels great, and don’t forget the easy access too. And like any good nudist, I am not afraid to show people either when they ask. Real men do wear kilts, and they look good doing it.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

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