Open Letter To His Gay Teenage Self
I like reading stories like this because I think all gay men can relate to them, at least in one way or another. I often see non-gay people trying to compare the gay experience to other experiences and that never works out. You simply cannot compare a gay person’s experiences to a straight person’s.
A local Philadelphia guy wrote this letter to himself. But not to who he is now. The message is for who he was when he was 14 and terrified to come out. He’s hoping to encourage other young gay people, too.
Here’s a sample, and I really love his line about celebrating more than just sexuality. I say this here all the time in posts and I try to make it clear that being gay is not just about sex and sexuality. And we have to realize that if we want the rest of the heteronormative world to recognize it.
Your current motto is cover it up and always sport your “straightness” at all costs. You’re thinking right now, “Exactly. And why do we need a gay parade anyways? Straight people aren’t touting their heterosexualness.” But what you don’t realize is that Pride Month and the parades are to celebrate a movement bigger than your sexuality—a word from the wise, it’s not all about you.
Apparently Two Men Dancing Together Is Still Groundbreaking
I often take for granted that two men dancing together is perfectly normal to see…for me and everyone in my circles. Because of where I live and how I’ve tailored my life I also often forget that the majority of people in heteronormative society rarely ever see two men dancing together. Up until recently, it simply was not done. They are actually calling this ‘groundbreaking.’
And people complained about two men dancing together.
According to The Guardian, the BBC received 189 complaints about Radebe and di Prima’s performance. One viewer reportedly said they wouldn’t watch the show again if the same-sex pairing became a regular occurrence.
And there you have it. According to this article, it’s the first time an individual same-sex couple have danced together.