To many people, including many out gay men, that statement will be controversial. So, I will say it again -- being gay is a GIFT!
In a world where we are told that we are "intrinsically disordered" by a major religion, called perverts, or worse, it's important to remember that we are a gift. And, if we are a gift, all parts of us -- including our gayness -- are part of that gift.
Remembering that we are a gift means that we value ourselves. We see ourselves as worthwhile and important. We know deep down, even on the days when we have a hard time getting out of bed, that we make a difference for our friends and our families, our schools, our workplaces, and our communities.
Embrace the gift that you are. Embrace the gift that being gay is. And give the best YOU that there is to give.
Today's contribution comes from Robert Roush, who I have styled as a "gay elder." That is, in my mind, a term of high respect for somebody who has lived well, and is sharing parts of his life with others. Expect to see that term show up here frequently.
Robert describes himself by noting: I am married to my partner, Steven, of 26 years for one year, legally. We live in Central PA where the politics are conservative and the Confederate flags fly, yet, we surround ourselves with love every day!"
I'm a gay father with gay sons. My mission is to work with the community to prepare them -- and other young gay men -- for a happy and successful life.