In my travels across the country to offer workshops, I sometimes fear how audiences in the red states receive my work. I grew up in a very conservative household, politically and religiously.
My ‘coming out’ was probably one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had. As an abuse victim my sexuality has always been hard to wrestle with. What I mean by that is that my natural self-discovery of my sexuality and my sexual self was fundamentally skewed and warped because right before I hit puberty I was sexually abused by my then best friend (who was several years older) who was a man.
I have always thought living with a mental illness was the hardest thing I ever faced in my life but coming out was just as hard. I struggled discovering who I really was and what I wanted.