First, my apologies. It’s been some time since I’ve posted anything on my blog (yes, ashamed) and I wanted to let my scant number of faithful readers that I hope to change the inconsistency of my blogging. I expected winter to be a chance to write more – alas, winter is over and spring is here and nary a word has been written on this page in 2012.
I’m going to change that, a promise to you all.
Why am I writing this particular day you ask? Well, I have a story coming out tomorrow in The Caledon Enterprise, the lovely twice-weekly paper I write for, that I would love for you all to read. It’s a difficult story about being gay in a small town. It’s about strength and perseverance and coming to terms with being gay – something that no one person should have to ‘come to terms’ with. In a small, Conservative – very Catholic – town in semi-rural Ontario, being gay isn’t easy. In fact, being gay most places isn’t easy, however, it’s much harder in a town wrought with ignorance and a Catholic school system that masks disdain with acceptance.
Caressa is a strong young woman who came to me after reading a series of news stories about a gay character being removed from a school drama production. She came to me wanting to share her story of growing up gay, hiding it from her friends, family and teachers, for fear of persecution of it. In time, she told her mother and eventually her father, friends and soon Caressa was able to be the person she was.
It came with sacrifice, pain, hurt and having to face a number of unfortunate realities of Caledon.
I hope you’ll take the time to read the link below and pass it along to friends and family, loved ones, anyone who you think might want to read it.
My goal was the same as Caressa’s in telling this story: Give people strength and empower them to be who they are and not hide from it, no matter what some might think.