I had written this awfully long status on Facebook when I came out in early October. With the big news about Tim Cook, I figured I'd share it again for those of you not on Facebook. For me, like Tim, it has become less about privacy and more about being honest with those around me. Here it is:
The Summer of my 19th birthday, I embarked on a journey.
That journey started with me being honest with myself, for the very first time, that I, at the very least, was attracted to the same sex. It wasn't easy as I struggled with God, with myself, with friends, and with how the world and my family might see me.
Although I grew braver and braver in admitting to myself that I was gay, admitting it to the world is something I'm still struggling with.
I've had my moments of courage and my moments of weakness. I've felt accepted and I've felt the heartbreaking pain of homophobia. I've gone in and out of the closet and I've felt torn apart as I've stood in between. I've tried on this label and that label and I've left people with more questions than answers.
My quiet and enigmatic nature also results in personal details not being known apart from those closest to me unless directly asked.
But I owe it to all of you and to myself to not leave questions unanswered.
Coming out is never easy for anyone and for some it takes a lifetime. For me, I'm still on that journey.
Finally, my sincerest and heart felt thanks to those of you who have stuck with me, have walked with me on this journey, and have dealt with both my brightest moments and my bullshit moments.
Candidate for Portland City Council District 5.
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