Upon working at the Petco located in Austin, TX for almost three years, I began to notice a pattern. It started with way the General Manager, Jason, operated promotions for employees. The GM would over look certain employees and automatically appoint other employees.
I developed this speech with the goal of bringing awareness to an ignored subject. LGBT+ youth are not properly represented in schools. I tried to share my views with my peers and respected adults, but they were all trained to believe that LGBT people are irrelevant to society.
It was August 5, 2010. I had just finished one of the most important Masses of the year at the Las Vegas Cathedral with the Bishop of Las Vegas. After Mass, the Vicar General of the Diocese asked me to join him and the Bishop in the Bishop’s Conference Room in the Chancery office building directly across the parking lot from the Cathedral where my office was also.
Coming out is a unique process to everyone, but there are still some stories that have been left untold. Felix K. Dones went out to seek some of these stories and it has created such a heart-wrenching and moving piece.
In another life I was married for ten years. To a man. This information always seems to throw people off when they first hear about it. I frequently get questions like “how does that work?” or “how did you end up dating women?” And to many people it probably seems confusing or surprising, but it was actually a long time coming.
Hello! My name is Dhruv Patel AKA Dave. I come from a mixed background (Half Gujarati-Indian, hence the Patel surname & half Italian). This mixed heritage played a significant role in my life as a gay youth.
In elementary school I was made fun of because I was different. I liked to play sports with the boys, act like them and even dress like them.