As I talked to more and more people about this blog, a new project emerged: interviewing ordinary gay people who have found their "gay squared," gay to the power of happy. It looks a little different for everyone.
My parents' generation believed that to be gay was to be sentenced to a lifetime of sadness. That perception is swiftly changing, and it's changing because of the proliferation of gay and queer stories and role models.
There are infinitely many ways to live, and it's up to each of us to find a way to live authentically and get as close to happiness as we can. There can't be too many examples of how to do that: the more, the better.
An initial draft of my lead interview questions follows.
- Can you tell me a little bit about the religious and spiritual background of your childhood? (Thank you, Krista Tippett.)
- When did your sexual orientation begin to emerge, and what did that look like?
- Who were the key role models and influences in your life as an adolescent and young adult?
- How do you define your sexual identity now, and how did you come to embrace that identity?
- Has technology played a role in helping your find partners or like-minded communities?
- How have the swiftly changing politics around LGBTQ issues affected your life?
- What does happiness look like for you?
For ease and momentum, I'll begin with friends and ripple outward into larger networks of diverse gay people of all ages. If you would like to be interviewed, email me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing your story.