I am not a fraud.
But there was a time in my life – not all that long ago, if I’m being honest with myself – that I did everything I could to hide who I really was. I pretended to be the kind of person my parents wanted me to be and the kind of person I thought my kids needed me to be.
I was terribly unhappy, and more than once over the years I tried to end it all.
When I finally opened up the hidden part of myself enough to try out the word gay, it was a pivotal moment in my life. Everything changed. Once I let the word out of the box, my whole world expanded and started to crack. Essentially, I had to dismantle a lot of my life to make room for such a label.
And I’ve never been happier.
LGBT Pride Month
Celebrating hundreds of years of bravery in the face of horrors perpetrated in the name of “God”, “morality”, and “normalcy.”
Observed in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969.
“Homosexuality is regarded as shameful by barbarians and by those who live under despotic governments just as philosophy is regarded as shameful by them, because it is apparently not in the interest of such rulers to have great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful friendships or passionate love – all of which homosexuality is particularly apt to produce.” – Plato
“The spirit that emerged outside a Mafia-run bar in 1969 became the pulse of the gay community and inspired not just an annual parade but ways to express gay pride in individual lives. Stonewall happens every day.” – Ann Bausum, Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights