While you may not know me personally, but, I wanted to thank you for reading this blog and for sharing my story. I never meant to shut my family out of my life; on the contrary, I would very much like to include them in it. That is all I have ever wanted. However, my parents felt that my being “gay” is something that was to be ashamed of and asked me not to tell anyone about it. So here I am, almost two years later writing blindly to those that want to listen. It is New Year’s Eve—December 31, 2013—and I am a changed man from where I was a year ago. “Coming out” was the greatest gift I could have given myself, but along with it came the greatest pain I have ever felt. I plan to use this blog as a way to navigate my progress during the past few years, and intend to be a listening ear for others who may have struggled with coming out to their family and friends. For those of you still closeted, I confirm to you, that despite the pain you have suffered, things will eventually get better and you are not alone.
Sincerely, The Open Closet
PS. THIS IS JUST AN EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK: “The Open Closet: Letters From A Gay Man” (Available on AMAZON & KINDLE)
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