It’s 2019. We’ve seen so many incredible developments for human kind in the last century. We’ve put a man on the moon, invented birth control, and had countless technological advances. Social advances include women’s right to vote and work, high school graduation rates, and legalized gay marriage in the US.

This is a very difficult article for me to write, but I feel like it needs to be written. I am writing this anonymously as to protect myself and my family. As a queer man living in northern Utah, I cannot help but be worried. I am currently still “in the closet” because I am afraid of what my community’s reaction would be.

Being gay isn’t something I think about 100% of the time. It’s just a part of me, like the music I listen to or the clothes I wear. It isn’t a personality trait. It’s not a trophy or medallion I wear around my neck; in fact, I try to hide the fact as much as possible. I love my parents, but I hate to imagine their reactions if they find out.

You don’t know what other people are dealing with. So let’s all just love each other because there’s just so much we don’t know. Be good to each other, and be safe <3

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