Surviving nearly three decades of being ostracized is a lot like living through a plane crash. I’ve done both, sort of.
LIFE INSIDE A CLOSET chronicles the tumultuous world of Gerry, a boy who grows into a man, carrying with him the secret shame that he is gay. After years of anguish, he finally comes out to his family and friends and soon transitions from a life of ridicule and rejection to a new world full of promise and a sense of belonging. He had, at last, found his way.
Then Gerry switched himself off American Airlines Flight 11 the night before it crashed into the World Trade Center. Two seemingly unrelated experiences that would send the author on a search for why he deserved to live the life he was finally living and why he needed to let go of his painful past and fully embrace the person he is today.
The story weaves between the author’s two lives so that the reader can experience the extraordinary similarities between his making it out alive after living almost thirty years as an outcast in a homophobic world AND trying to get to a place beyond the guilt and loneliness of surviving a mass tragedy. It’s a story of hope, perseverance and a quest for resolution in a world still divided on gay rights, equality and marriage.