I’m From Willow Grove, PA – Video Story.

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Hi, my name’s Craig and I’m from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

During high school I was in the Color Guard in marching band; it’s the people in the front of the band with the flags and the guns and throwing them up in the air and being all kinds of fabulous. And I was one of the first guys to ever be in the Color Guard and the other one was my best friend, Andy, and we were both gay and we weren’t really supposed to be in the Guard. Guys weren’t supposed to be interested in it and we were, so it started out like, hey, I want to do that. So we went to an audition one time and we learned some of the moves and then we didn’t get in so we just borrowed flags and stuff from the school and we spent every waking hour outside until 11:00 at night until the neighbors were like, “Stop doing that!” because we were dropping them on the ground, making all this noise. We were obsessed with it.

When we wanted to join the Guard we had to fight to get in because the school didn’t want us to do it. We basically had to threaten a lawsuit to do it and we were really serious about doing it. My brother told me that the drum line instructors said, “We’re gonna make sure those faggots don’t get in the Guard.” My brother said, “Excuse me, that’s my brother. Fuck you.” So I was like, “No, I’m getting in.” So I went up to the director of the group and I started asking about it, I said, “I heard through the wind that these people are saying they’re going to keep us from getting in, they don’t want it to happen.” And he was like, “Well, you know, you’re going to have to meet the skills necessary when you do the audition.” I said, “I’m going to say this again. We’re gonna get in. So that’s not going to be a problem. We have all the skills and if we don’t get in, there might be a problem.” And I was 15 when I said this, so I don’t know where I got that from. But I was just determined to do it. Everyone came around eventually but initially there was a big, “We’ve never done this before! We can’t do this! This is wrong! Boys aren’t supposed to do this.” Which is ridiculous because a lot of high schools have it now. A lot of high schools have multiple guys on the Squad and stuff so we just had to kind of push our way through.

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4 Comments:

  1. LOL! So cute!

  2. I really love his courage! I agree! So cute!

  3. I love it when a person fights for what he wants and wins!

  4. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. ! And there is no one alive, who is Youer than You.”

    Dr. Seuss

    Be proud…….

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