You ever had something so secret, so detrimental to the very fiber of your being that if it were released people would look at you differently?
Well, up until recently I thought that was the case for me as well. Since the age of thirteen I knew there was something about me that I could never tell to others for fear of retribution.
However during college I felt I should just accept this part of myself and maybe others would follow suit. So I made a group of really good friends and eventually told them one by one that I was gay.
I felt that because this was the only way I went about it no other way would work, but boy was I wrong. Now approaching my 2nd year of coming out, I’ve told just about everyone who’s asked which doesn’t seem to happen much.
Most just assume that because I’m a 6’5″ 245 pound black guy with “straight” mannerisms I’m, in fact, straight. However those who have dared to venture further into my life have found out otherwise.
Well recently, I mentioned to one of my friends from college (different set of friends) that I was going on a blind date. After an unnerving pause in the Facebook chat box, he responded with “…cool, a guy or a girl?”
Slightly stunned, I figured he was just being a dick until I talked with a few other friends about the same issue. All of them responded along the same lines. It seems that a few friends, whom I entrusted my secret to, had told the others without my knowledge.
To be perfectly honest I was pissed, but finding out that they’d known for a while made me realize that this “secret” that I’d made so much of meant nothing to the other guys. Most responded with, “Yeah ******** told me and I was shocked at first, but it didn’t really matter to me.” Then I had one friend say, “I don’t care man, we still love you.” Makes me wonder why I was hiding this from my friends in the first place.
Friends will be there for you no matter what and it seems as though I chose wisely. I guess I’m out now…
Born and raised in Petersburg, VA, Anthony works as a State Farm Account Representative in Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Insurance Operations Department. In his spare time he can often be found wandering aimlessly, with camera in tow, snapping away. He's also a member of, the Richmond-based, Fools Day Comedy Troupe. Read his personal blog here and follow him on Twitter.
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