At the end of 9 th grade age 13I put myself forward for the 10 th grade class president election. Why are generations of boys and girls, men and women, never made aware that these iconic contributors were, also, gay?
At the time, I did not realise how little visible diversity there was in the people in this town.
I wish I could say that homophobic bullying and comments stop at some point in your life, but even as an adult I have experienced them, but I am still hopeful for the day homophobic bullying is eliminated.
Growing up gay in a heteronormative world
Reflecting on my childhood, I am grateful for the support from my family and friends. I thought if I was in a position of power, the bullying and name calling would stop and I would be respected.
Gay leaders and the power of role models
Rawlins Gilliland: Gay Role Models - Only Time Will Tell?
Role Models — The LGBT Insurance Network
As a gay teacher, I want to be the role model I never had