I’m From Oakville, ON, Canada.

by michael brown

It was on a trip to London with some of my close friends from school. Just us drama kids in England for a week. When we first arrived we met our tour guide, Christian, who I right off the bat knew was gay. He introduced himself and started telling us a little bit of what he had planned for the group for the next couple of days.

It wasn’t until 2 or 3 days into the trip that I started talking to Christian more. I didn’t bring a ton of extra money on the trip and wanted to save the most I could for shopping. So needless to say, I wasn’t going out for expensive lunches everyday with the rest of the group, although Christian would always offer to take me to different places to grab a quick and cheap bite to eat. Afterwards we would just talk for a little bit while the rest of the group was finishing lunch a couple blocks away.

To be honest, I’m pretty sure Christian knew I was gay and that was why he would help me out by spotting me with change when I needed it, or even a lunch one day. Anyway, throughout the trip and over the course of our daily lunch talks, Christian told me his whole coming out story, something I was very interested in at the time. By the time we left I was actually ready to finally tell Christian I was gay, but couldn’t seem to muster up the courage (not that he would have judged, but it was just something I couldn’t do).

I missed what I felt was a great opportunity to come out, and in doing so forced myself even deeper into the closet. I spent most of that summer forcing myself to go out with girls in an effort to seem straight. It wasn’t until going to a Kathy Griffin show months later with my dad’s friend, his partner and another friend that I finally came out to someone.

Although I might not have told Christian I was gay at that point, I finally was able to reach out to him again and thank him for his support over the trip (even if he felt as if he hadn’t done anything). I’m very happy with where I am today, and everything that I do to support the gay community, and I feel privileged to have received all of this support during my process of coming out.

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2 Comments:

  1. Aw, nice. I’m glad you were able to get a hold of Christian later and tell him.

  2. Thanks for sharing Michael and I too am glad that you were able to Thank Christian

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