Kristen Foery

August 1999

Cry, freedom, cry.

My name is Kristen Foery, and I'm the youth governor of Delaware. As I write, I have just returned from the YMCA Conference on National Affairs, in North Carolina. This was my third year. I had the honor of receiving an Outstanding Statesman award, leading my delegation, and making a general ruckus...

I made my sexuality very, very obvious... and no one hated me for it. Maybe there is hope for the world.

I turned 17 in June... I've been writing for Oasis since I was 15. Imagine that. I was confused, closeted... lots of things. And now... that's all changed. I'm out to family and friends alike... I'm laying groundwork for a career in writing... I have a wonderful, beautiful girlfriend and amazing friends... and I'm happy. Happier than I've ever been.

I don't know what the real point of this month's article is. No rants against homophobia, no revelations about all things queer.

Two years I've been doing this... and I kind of feel like perhaps my time for writing for Oasis is coming to a close. I look through the rest of the columns, and I feel like mine, like a few others, doesn't quite fit. What I mean is that most of my fellow columnists are struggling with coming out or something of the like... and I'm not.

I don't want to sound like I'm bragging, or that I'm trying to turn this into some flaming melodrama. It's just that I feel like I started writing this column to work out being gay... and now I have.

Translation is that this might be my last column. Rather, next to last. If I decide it is, I will write a good bye.

Oasis is a wonderful magazine. It saved my life. But I also think that perhaps it's a magazine for teenagers who have things to work through, who need support from people going through exactly the same thing. What am I? An example that people do work through being a gay teenager? I'm not sure what to think of that. See... I'm like almost every writer. I wrote these articles to be cathartic.

My point? I'm not sure I have one.

See you next month.

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