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

Outspoken: Jude Lizama

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

Outspoken: Jude Lizama

Article excerpt

Ever since I realized I was gay at age 14, I wanted to confide in my twin brother, Jacob. But fear got the best of me, so I spent years thinking, Maybe he will just catch me in the act someday.

We attended Lakes High School in Washington State. During my senior year I finally found my first boyfriend. He was everything I wanted: He was tall, athletic, smart, funny, caring, and he had a nice butt. I fall deeply in love, but we broke up after only a year. After that he decided he would come out to his family and everyone else. I thought maybe it was time to do the same.

Jacob and I both work for a company that screens videos for pro sports teams. One night at work Jacob was looking through text messages on my cell phone and found some I had sent to my ex-boyfriend. He asked our boss, Bridgette--who happens to be bisexual--if I was gay. Then he started telling others he thought I was gay. That was it. I was done hiding. …

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