Surviving homophobia is a lot like living through a plane crash. I’ve done both.
My first chance at a new life presented itself in 1997 when I came most of the way out of the closet. I transitioned from a life of ridicule and rejection to a new world full of promise and a sense of belonging. The next chance at living life anew came four years later when I switched myself off American Airlines Flight 11 the night before it crashed into the World Trade Center.
RETAIN THIS RECEIPT THROUGHOUT YOUR JOURNEY chronicles the extraordinary similarities between making it out alive after living 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 the quests of one person navigating his way through this world of good and evil in search of resolution.
This is not a story about September 11th. That just happened to be the inciting incident that created the impetus to my telling it.