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

Outspoken

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

Outspoken

Article excerpt

Last summer I worked two internships in Los Angeles and as a result was burned-out from the big city. I began looking for something more down-to-earth, and working with children in the wilderness sounded perfect. So in April I interviewed with the director of an all-boys camp in northern Michigan for a job as a counselor. The topic of dating came up twice in the interview, but I skirted the issue.

I was offered the job soon after, and the topic of dating came up again, but this time it wasn't small talk.

The conversation ended with the understanding that I could not come out to anyone at camp. I would be fired on the spot if I did. I was going back into the closet for my summer.

Once at camp, I enjoyed the beautiful weather and meaningful interactions with the kids. But this was at the cost of feeling comfortable in my own skin.

The thoughtfulness I had hoped to find in the people working with children was more of a paltry 9-to-5 charade. …

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