Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Respected and Normal in Ohio

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Respected and Normal in Ohio

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As a 21st-century openly gay teen, I Am like to think of myself as sophisticated. I enjoy the operas Lakme, La Boheme, and Tosca. I've read Leo Tolstoy, Charlotte Bronte and Virginia Woolf. I'm a devout monarchist, a professed atheist, and I'm working on my fourth novel.

At age 16, I have already worked hard to become what I think of as the ideal gay male. And I've realized that nobody really cares.

In decades past, being gay was a mark for a teenager. But it's not like that for me. I'm not seen as the "token gay guy" at Kenston High, where I go to school. When I came out a year ago as a freshman, I expected my world would be shaken, but that never happened. Even since becoming a gay activist, I haven't had a reputation as a radical, but rather, I have gained the respect of my teachers and some of my peers. Don't get me wrong, I still get my daily dose of "fag" remarks. …

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