When I was a teenager I couldn’t wait to come out. I lived in a small-town resembling Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, a place that seemed to have missed the memo that LGBTQ persons live and walk among us in everyday life. Sure, there were mentions of gay people, but they were almost never positive. As such, timing became critical. I would have to wait for a safe, appropriate time to come out to the people in my life.
It all started years ago, when I was a teenager. “Ice Castles” was on cable and, not having anything better to do, I parked myself in front of the TV for a heaping helping of teenage angst. The tragic and triumphant story was entertaining, but what stuck with me was a song on the soundtrack. I’m terrible at remembering lyrics, which made it that much harder to find the song’s artist. All I could remember was that it was a glorious 80s pop ballad about a woman named Gloria. I asked everyone I could think of if they knew the song, but all I could offer was that the chorus started with the words, “calling Gloria.”
Last time I wrote about Ryan Murphy’s announcement that the upcoming season of “American Horror Story” will be based on the 2016 election. Murphy played it cool, not saying whether or not the season will feature an actor playing Trump. As luck, would have it, a few hours after I submitted my article Murphy said that there will not be a character based on Trump, much to my disappointment.
The last few weeks have been a tricky time for me and this column. There’s so much to write about, so much to respond to in the world that it’s often difficult to pick a topic that I can do justice in approximately 650 words. News cycles and politics change daily, sometimes by the minute, and what is important and relevant when I write may be a somewhat distant memory by the time it’s published, the world having moved on to something newer and more salacious.
It started when we were children. Parents and teachers told us that if we worked hard and did our best that good things would happen. Our efforts would open doors, create opportunities, and lead to the kind of life we want for ourselves. All we had to do was give our best, follow the rules, and the world would be our oyster.
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