Living

National Coming Out Day 2017

“No quiet browns or grays, I’ll take my days instead
And fill them ’til they overflow, with rose and cherry red
And should this sunlit world, grow dark one day
The colors of my life will leave a shining light to show the way.”

— The Colors of My Life, Barnum

It’s so hard to be as proud as I normally am about my sexuality when a respected member of the theatre community and an out gay man has succumbed to AIDS so recently and so young. My gay experience is inextricably linked to the people I’ve idolized but will never meet, like Howard Ashman, Michael Bennett, and now Michael Friedman. HIV/AIDS is very real and very present and is responsible for the subtraction of so many beautiful souls and their contributions from our world.

So, today I went to go get tested for HIV in my own little weird gesture of gratitude for those who’ve come before me. This is how I celebrated life.

I’m very lucky to have the family I have in my life. My mother and father are my champions and support team. My dad recently became an Executive Champion of Comcast’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group OUT at Comcast. My mom specifically reaches out to LGBTQ+ parents through Co-Parenting Solutions, LLC and writes about the help she can offer on her blog. They and the rest of my family are my biggest reason to face the world each day, even when the outcome looks bleak. Thanks for everything Mom and Dad.

I didn’t come out the minute I knew. I didn’t even come out the minute everyone else knew (pictured). Respect everyone’s journey and make sure to give them love and support while they figure it out. Give them the opportunity to be themselves bravely. And importantly, be you bravely.

My role models are mostly gay. The plays and musicals I love are often written by or involve gay people. My world is rainbow and this is a community I will stand with my entire life. They are people I don’t know and people I see every day. They are my teachers, friends, lovers, icons, fictional characters, etc.

This is my community and I love them so. They are the colors of my life. For those who are with us and those who are not.

Xoxo


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On National Coming Out Day this year I’m a mess of overwhelming emotions so here’s my attempt at expressing how I feel!! . ❤️💛💚💙💜💗🖤💝 . It’s so hard to be as proud as I normally am about my sexuality when a respected member of the theatre community and an out gay man has succumbed to AIDS so recently and so young. My gay experience is inextricably linked to the people I’ve idolized but will never meet, like Howard Ashman, Michael Bennett, and now Michael Friedman. HIV/AIDS is very real and very present and is responsible for the subtraction of so many beautiful souls and their contributions from our world. So, today I went to go get tested for HIV in my own little weird gesture of gratitude for those who’ve come before me. This is how I celebrated life. I’m very lucky to have the family I have in my life. My mother and father are my champions and support team. My dad recently became Executive Champion of Comcast’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group Out@Comcast. My mom specifically reaches out to LGBTQ+ parents through Co-Parenting Solutions and writes about the help she can offer on her blog. They and the rest of my family are my biggest reason to face the world each day, even when the outcome looks bleak. I didn’t come out the minute I knew. I didn’t even come out the minute everyone else knew (pictured). Respect everyone’s journey and make sure to give them love and support while they figure it out. Give them the opportunity to be themselves bravely. And importantly, be you bravely. My role models are mostly gay. The plays and musicals I love are often written by or involve gay people. My world is rainbow and this is a community I will stand with my entire life. They are people I don’t know and people I see every day. They are my teachers, friends, lovers, icons, fictional characters, etc. This is my community and I love them so. They are the colors of my life. For those who are with us and those who are not. Xoxo . . . . . #attitudeofgratitude #73

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