Today I talked about being gay, which isn’t unusual.
What was unusual is that it was on the radio. It was a small, regional station, so I’m sure it was heard by all of five people, including the people who love me anyway.
It was still a big step for me. A couple years ago, a friend from home asked me if I’d be interested in talking about my life on the radio.
I said, “no”.
It wasn’t because I didn’t want to, but because I was afraid. I didn’t want to upset my family – all who listen to that station and would have heard it. But it was exactly that incident that made me swear to myself I’d stop living my life in fear.
So this time, when a total stranger asked me to talk on the radio about being gay, I just said, “Sure!” and did it.
It went badly. There was an echo on the line and because of that I was distracted and could only barely make out what the presenter was saying to me. I’m sure I sounded very on edge.
And — still – I’m glad I did it.
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