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

Outspoken

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

Outspoken

Article excerpt

Life should have been perfect for me. Life was supposed to leave all the doors open to me. Why were they closed? When I was younger I knew I was different, yet I also knew inside I had the potential to conquer the world. I was praised for being a great leader, for being so intelligent, for being so compassionate--it seemed perfection had kissed my face. My mother told me that she could not have asked for a better son. But nothing remains constant.

My world as I knew it was forever changed when those in my life discovered my heart was sworn to another guy. The near-perfect child had tripped and fallen. Though society may see me as a minority now and my mom no longer says she couldn't have asked for a better son, I still know that I possess the potential to be great.

Society's condescending nature has given me the motivation to prove them wrong. I no longer hear how smart or compassionate or what a good leader I am. …

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