I was born and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in a very strict, by the bible and controlled household. I knocked on doors, didn’t celebrate any holidays and I was a virgin until I turned 28. At that point in my life I was so miserable and unhappy because I was living this double life: God-fearing and chaste at home, and fun, relaxed and social outside of my home. So I decided to come out as a homosexual to the “Elders” who were the spiritual leaders in our church. They had two meetings with me where I had to recite every detail of every sexual encounter I had which weren’t many. They sent me out of the room, prayed and decided to disfellowship or ex-communicate me. Everything I had known from birth – my friends, my family, my beliefs – were ripped away from me on that day. My life has not been easy and even though I still have no contact with my parents (their choice), everything I have gone through, all of my life experiences – the 4 suicide attempts, being raped twice, being in abusive relationships – have made me the strong, married, proud and happy gay man that I am today.
I stood waiting restlessly, fidgeting with my ring and glancing at my watch. It had been a whole eight minutes since the guard led my family back through the roped off Dollywood theme park gates, but to me, it seemed like an eternity. The wonderful smell of fresh bakery items lingered in the air, a tempting [...]
Though I was born in Eire - Southern Ireland - I consider myself from Prince George BC, a small city in Northern BC, Canada. Outsiders think we are a redneck, close-minded, sexist, hard drinking mining and forestry-based community. One of those places you wouldn’t be caught dead in, and if you were gay and caught here, [...]