My name is Larry Peterson, I'm originally from Kansas. I've lived all over the United States, but have been in Delaware since 1980, so Delaware is definitely home now. In my outreach, and I even call it a ministry, working with gay married men, I have learned that the catalyst for middle aged men coming out was often the death of another man that was close to them. For my partner, it was his brother, for me it was my brotherinlaw frequently it's a father. And in May my fatherinlaw died and I had kind of an emotional breakdown.
And an awareness I wasn't going to live my life the way I had up until then. And I read John McNeil's The Church and the Homosexual that summer. But the aha moment, I guess, was getting on the internet and learning there was an internet group for married men that were bisexual or gay. I joined it and in a couple of days I realized hey, that's me! There really are other men that feel like I do, and that completely changed my life. That started me on a gay trail laughter. So my life went from living as a straight.
Man, married with two children, to now being completely out. I'm out at my churchI'm an ordained elderas a gay man, I'm out at the University of Delaware, I'm out in the Democratic party. So I'm about as out, I guess, as one could get. So it all happened within a year, that I was out. And my wife asked me to wait a year before I came out publicly so that she had a chance to kind of relate to it, understand it. Unfortunately when a married man comes out to his wife, it tends to drive the wife into a closet of her own.
I was blessed to have a wonderful wife, I just saw her this morning. She's very happily remarried, but we're still good friends. Both my kids were wonderfully supportive. My daughter was visiting, and we were at church and she went in to use my computer we were having our very first gathering of the internet group that I created, in Baltimore, and I had printed out the bios of each of the guys that said they were coming so that we could share them and know who each of these men were, and Martha read them. So when we came home from church.
She knew because mine was there, was one of them. My wife and I agreed that whenever I came out to one child, we'd come out to both, and it was just a happenstance that my son called that dayhe was an attorney in New Yorkand said, I'm gonna be home next weekend. So Martha said, I want to be here when you come out to him. So we're all sitting at the kitchen table and it's very serious, and I'm talking, and about halfway through my sharing he gets this great big huge shiteating grin on his face. And I'm thinking, What.
Jeremy Craig Im From Mayflower, AR. True Queer Stories
Rtf1ansiansicpg1252cocoartf1038cocoasubrtf350 fonttblf0fswissfcharset0 Helvetica colortblred255green255blue255 margl1440margr1440vieww11680viewh15160viewkind0 pardtx720tx1440tx2160tx2880tx3600tx4320tx5040tx5760tx6480tx7200tx7920tx8640qlqnaturalpardirnatural f0fs24 cf0 I'm Jeremy Craig and I'm from Mayflower, Arkansas. I really just sort of grew up in a bubble not knowing gay people. And then when I came out in college I became a slut. And for me being gay was literally having sex with men. It meant nothing else. It really was just sort of like, I'm gay so I can have sex with as many men as possible. And I met a lesbian and started partying at her house. And slept there too many times.
And eventually she just made me start going to this club called Prism which is are GSA on campus. And it was sort of life changing because I had never been in a place with so many gay people who were just not attacking each other constantly. And it was affirming and positive and I'd never been that type of queer positive place. Where It was okay to be gay and you had another reason why you were queer. I was immersed in this whole intellectual world that I never thought existed, and then we went to this march on the Capital in Little.
Rock, on this proposition called Act 1 which basically stopped anyone who was in a committed relationship with someone of the same sex or you were in a committed relationship that wasn't marriage then you could not adopt. You couldn't foster kids. I really didn't even know anything about Act 1, I was just like, okay, I'll go to this march thing. For me it was sort of like, I'm gay, I don't want to get married, I don't want to have kids, I don't care about any of this. And then, I went and I saw people with their kids and.
I saw gay couples with their children. And we were on the steps and I was sitting and I was looking around, and I was sitting with my friend Nikki and we looked and I was like God, I'm part of a family. And it still brings me a little tear to my eye because I'm like, what I'm part of a community, a family, and whether or not we all a different race, different creeds, were bonded by this one simple fact of all being queer. I was like, Whoa! It made me understand that we are a community. We're family. And we take.
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