April 1999


If by fate or chance, we both chose the same day to talk about sexual identity. They, which are my parents, now know. I still live in my former residence, but a tense one at that. In the long run, this may be for the best, but for now, I cannot articulate.

In an reflective English essay, I came out to my teacher. She is one of the few who speak out against homophobic comments. A bright light in what seems more and more a black tunnel.

Enough about me.

Recently watched the "That is the Question" episode of Dawson's Creek, where Jack comes out to his father and the whole town. Applaud the producers' decision to include a gay teenage character in what is a very popular show aimed towards the teenage sector. While gay characters are increasingly common in the media, young queers are not. The portrayal of Jack is realistic and injects a much needed dose of diversity to TV dramas.

What is it with outing? The recent revelation that the British cabinet was overrun with gay people was accomplished without the consent of the men involved. Being out helps destroy many of the stereotypes and myths surrounding queers, but it is a personal choice. If for whatever reason the person is not ready, it fumes me that people, gay or straight, feel that they have the right to expose a personal life. It is a cruel invasion of privacy.

When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state
And trouble deaf Heaven with my bootless cries
And look upon myself and curse my fate.

~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet 29


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