Troy N. Diggs
It's December, which means an anniversary for the magazine you're reading right now, Oasis.
I started thinking about this question... why the hell do I write for Oasis?
As silly as it might sound, I write for you guys. Ever since I was in high school, I've been writing when I can, about what I can. Oasis gives me a place to do that, and you guys are the most important part of the process: you read this.
When I came out (yeah, THAT was such a long time ago), there wasn't any kind of resource like this out there for me. I felt like I was alone in a place I didn't want to be, without any kind of guidance, save for some close friends who I shared pretty much everything with.
Now, I feel like I'm contributing to something that I wish had existed back then. Somehow, that sentence makes sense. You guys read this, and you know, if one person out there on the vast wasteland known as the Internet reads this, says "Wow, I never thought about that" or "I know exactly what you mean", or one of those other things like that, I've served my purpose for this magazine.
And, as long as I can, I'm going to continue writing for Oasis. After all, it's not like I'm writing my columns from the perspective of someone outside who has no idea what's going on; as time goes by, I evolve too. We all do. Things are going to happen in my life, and I want to be able to share those experiences with you. Otherwise, you'd probably end up with a monthly column that says the same thing over and over, and really, you don't want to hear me bitch about Jonesboro, AR over and over again.
My philosophy about writing about gay issues, both here in Oasis, and on my Web page, has always been that the people who give a damn are going to read it, and the people who don't, won't. The people I know who are open minded and respect me will read what's going on, the people I don't know who are curious and open minded are going to read this, and the people who are homophobic and a leaning a little bit too much to the right aren't even going to bother.
Thanks to the folks at Oasis for giving me this outlet to say what's on my mind, because hey, what's the point of saying something if nobody's going to hear it? Oasis gave me a place where my voice could be heard, and you guys reading this listened. That's what writing is all about.