Saturday, September 7, 2013
Who is GMS?
Ok. Q&A time. As I've mentioned in blog numero uno, I enjoy reading the stories and experiences of other gay Mormons. But I appreciate it even more when I feel like I know the person. So here are some typical ice breaker facts to pass along.
If I end an answer with "FBP," look for a Future Blog Post on that particular topic. (So in essence, I'm preparing my own Table of Contents with this Q&A)
Were you 'born this way'?
When did you first realize you were gay?
In elementary school when I was called gay after calling another guy cute. FBP
What was junior high and high school like?
Junior High was that typical awkward stage, but I loved high school. Had a good balance of friends, church, family and work.
Did you serve a mission?
How was life post-mission?
Good. Still kept that good balance of friends and school.
What about the gay thing?
I was still in denial even through college. I didn't want to call myself gay and still had hopes I would wake up straight one day. FBP
When did you finally accept yourself as gay?
Not until my first job outside of college. I got tired of the denial and knew I wasn't going to change. I actually became a happier person because of it. FBP
How many people who know you face to face know you're gay?
I hate to say it - but very few. Less than 10. FBP
Were you good at hiding it?
I actually think I was. I dated a lot of girls and felt I fooled a lot of people. As I get older though, I'm sure there are plenty of suspicions. If I came out today, I'm sure most won't be surprised. FBP
Any family know?
Nope. (I haven't admitted it. Again, I'm sure there are suspicions.)
You've accepted yourself as gay. You're also Mormon. How are the two together?
It sucks. FBP
What's your biggest qualm of being gay and Mormon?
I hate how divided all the gay Mormons are. (The North Star/Evergreen crowd vs. The Affirmation/Mormons Building Bridges crowd) FBP
Are you active in the church?
I go, but not sure why. It's become a lot more difficult in the past couple months. I go mainly for social/cultural reasons.
What advice do you have for other gay Mormons?
Never marry a woman. FBP
Ever dated a guy?
Top 2 - Josh Duhamel & Jenson Ackles
You love your Mormon bloggers. Who are your favorites?
I love 'em all. (Well, almost all) But a few that I enjoy -- Gay Mormon Pioneer, Broken Lights, In Search of Acceptance, and then the compilation of bloggers at No More Strangers
Their writing styles.. I can relate.. I feel like I know them.. I want to give them all big hugs..
Any more questions from the group?!
That was longer that I expected. Again - it's the Honeymoon stage. :)
Next Blog Post - That moment in elementary school I knew I was different.