Living the last forty years as an openly gay man had brought me countless social challenges to overcome, opportunities to meet incredible people, and love from my fellow minority members. There is a bond between gay folks that I don’t see with the straight community. I love that bond, that feeling of being part of a family.
It’s been a fascinating life so far, and the last five years—with all this political change about gay rights—has made it a fascinating time to be gay.
Plus, I absolutely gag at the idea of being like everyone else. Most people are straight, which makes being straight ordinary. I think of being straight as being common, and I’ll take being uncommon any time. Sorry if that sounds condescending; I certainly don’t mean it that way. I simply love being different.
So on this day of giving thanks, I’ve taken a moment to celebrate my being gay, about being with my husband, and having lived the life I’ve lived.
Bless you all.