D. Nathan Cieszynski was born in Denver, Colorado in 1971. Born to a military family, he lived in many parts of the country.  Nathan spent his most formative, coming-of-age years living in Guatemala, Central America, returning to the United States when he was twenty-five years old.

Nathan was and is an avid reader, having used books as an escape from a world he did not understand, as a way to hide his identity from those around him. He learned at an early age the power of the written word, and began journaling his life.


Crossing the Rubicon - A Personal Journey of Self-Acceptance of a Proud Gay Man was extracted from many years of journals, detailing Nathan's memories of days not easily forgotten.  Nathan chronicles his inner battles to accept who he was through major turning points in his life, as he came to accept the struggles and relationships which led him to embrace those things about himself that he previously wanted to destroy.

Today Nathan is happily married to his husband Gary.  While California and the United States Supreme Court only recently recognized their marriage, Nathan and Gary have been married in spirit since 1998.


Having completed his ministerial studies through Emerson Theological Institute and his ministerial internship, Nathan is now an active practicing minister with Common Ground Spiritual Center in Corona, California.


In his day job, Nathan works as the Housing Counseling Supervisor for a non-profit fair housing agency in Ontario, California, providing education and assistance to new and existing homeowners, and those struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments.  Nathan also teaches financial literacy workshops designed for young adults, senior citizens, and all those in between, and provides money management and financial education to those transitioning from homelessness to housing.