Gay and lonely
As adults, the social norms in our own community pressure us to concentrate our self-worth even further—into our looks, our masculinity, our sexual performance. He walks them through their interactions with their classmates, their teachers and their parents, and tries to help them separate garden-variety teenage stress from the kind they get due to their sexuality.
Back then, no one ever asked for an ID.
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- There were times when I actually said, "I am so lonely, I am so miserable.
- If you think about it, there have been precious few older gay men to lead the way — two generations older than me, being gay was illegal. Of course they had alarming rates of suicide and depression.
There will always be more straight kids than gay kids, we will always be isolated among them, and we will always, on some level, grow up alone in our families and our schools and our towns. I thought otherwise I'd end up stuck on my own. We also designed the course to be accessible and practical by using everyday language and avoiding the language of group therapy or counselling, which might be off-putting.