In the radiant glow of the afternoon sun, a sea of rainbow colors shine brighter than before at the Chicago Pride Parade. For one day every year, members of the LGBT community from across the nation march together uniting as a pack. Standing together these men and women are a vigilant reminder of the battles that have been fought for equality, and continue to provide inspiration, engagement, and gain the support of future generations who will help run the last hurdles of the race.
In preparation for the big day in Chicago I bought a multi-colored feather boa that I would wear around my neck as I had done numerous times before when I dressed in drag. The only difference was that this time I would not be disguised as the Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe or the very chic Audrey Hepburn, instead I would be myself, and that was something I had never really been before.
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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