Part 1 of 4

‘It’s been just over ten years since I started my coming out…and, in all reality, I’m coming out every day. In one way or another, it is still a very relevant topic. Even as we gain leaps and bounds in equality…the fight is still there. But, when I first came out, I remember saying to myself, ‘I’m not going to be ‘that gay,’ I’m not going to wear a boa and run through a parade.’ I remember that first Pride I attended and being scared. I didn’t really have many gay friends and I walked through a sea of protesters who were screaming things that you wouldn’t ever want even your worst enemy to hear. They truly hated me and I realized that I had no idea who I was and that’s a really sad thing. It was in that moment that my mindset changed. I decided to become who I am and to wear that boa and to be ‘that gay’ in the parade and it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my entire life.’

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