Lastly, I am moved and humbled by the outpouring of messages – hundreds of them – that have come my way since Tuesday’s premiere. Dozens of them have been so heartfelt, that I have been moved to tears. My intention in doing the show with Patti – besides the obvious love connection – was to be a witness to the power of intention, faith, reciprocity, and authenticity.
Like so many of the guys who have contacted me, I grew up NOT seeing non-clichéd gay men represented in any medium – TV or print. We were given extreme options to mimic, not the full spectrum of truth and potentiality. Things have changed a bit since I was that afraid, lost fat kid growing up gay in Indiana. But, given the emails I have received, there are still a lot of gay kids that are not seeing well-adjusted gay men and women represented on TV. These people have eloquently shared their stories and appreciation for me doing the show and being who I am. The fact that I can serve as an inspiration to a kid that is where I was so many years ago is beyond wonderful. I am blessed and happy to be that guy. If my story can introduce other LGBT people to the concept that their world, their life can be full, accomplished, and happy, then my intention in doing the show has been served. If you are reading this, believe now that you are worthy of love, success, and happiness (regardless of gender, orientation, color, creed, religion). Hold your head high and concentrate on your dreams. I stand ready to inspire you – if I may be so blessed to do so – so reach out to me.
I applaud Bravo for having the guts to understand that the public is ready to see a fair portrayal of well adjusted, driven, successful, masculine, gay men going on a romantic date via a popular cable program. It’s not a political decision. It’s a human, humane decision. Equal treatment is beautiful and powerful. I so happy that I reached out to Patti, she and Bravo allowed, me – just your average gay guy who simply wants to find someone to love and be loved in return – to represent. I hope it did our community proud.
Let’s keep a conversation going on here…