Fifty Shades of Gay
Happy Pride Everyone!
Summer is here! Rainbow flags are flying high in all the major cities across the world. Heels and hair are higher this month and everyone is feeling really grand.
It would be very easy for me to share another one of my many “when I knew I was gay stories” and lord knows there are plenty, but this month let’s focus on the words COURAGE AND PRIDE. As all things LGBTQ become more and more mainstream, I can’t help wonder if we flash forward ten years what life will be like. Will we all be celebrating Straight Pride month? Wouldn’t that be awesome!
Picture this if you will – a teenage girl (let’s call her Zoe) is nervously figuring out how to tell her two gay dads (Biff and Cooper) she’s straight. They have an idea because they discovered some sexy pictures of David Cassidy (wait that was me) and Adam Levine (yep, that was me too) in her room. She has a major obsession with all the teenage boy bands. She also likes to wear makeup and seems to be really into dresses and the boys at school. Biff and Cooper have been concerned but have agreed with their therapist that they have to give Zoe a loving and supportive environment for which to break the news. The day arrives and Zoe sits down at the dinner table (a lovely cassoulet that her Dads have been working on all day) and blurts out – Dads, I love you but I’m straight! The Dads hold back the tears, embrace Zoe and let her know they will always love her. That year, they all march in the Straight Pride Parade and they live happily ever after.
Here’s the thing – everyone comes out at some time in their lives. Fears are conquered, secrets are discovered, and dreams are realized in the quest to live honestly and authentically. What does it take to do this – COURAGE AND PRIDE. You have to be proud of who you are and you have to have the bravery to live out loud.
This past month I have been obsessed and inspired most by the debut of Caitlyn Jenner. Hasn’t it been amazing! Think of the courage it took to finally live her life as she was meant to – at 65! (Click here to read my blog post comparing her journey to the crazy dreams of hopeful restauranteurs and chefs). So as we get ready to celebrate Pride month, this is my personal invitation for each and every one of you to COME OUT and ensure you are 100% who you want to be. AMEN!
Rainbow Hugs –
Andrew (and the girls!)
PS – This is also the month we celebrate Dads!!! Make sure to do something really nice for him and, as soon as you see him next, give him a big bear hug and tell him you love him. Read on for an issue full of summer fun! I am proud to be one of the co-chairs of the 10th Anniversary Dress For Success Gala this coming Thursday (talk about courage). There’s a great schedule of upcoming summer events and so much more.
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