Today, Boston Herald sports columnist Steve Buckley announced in the paper that he’s gay, under the headline “Welcome to my coming-out party.” It’s an awesome column and a great read, with a good mix of humor and reflection on why he waited so long to come out (he originally talked with his mother about doing it seven years ago), and why he chose to do it now.
It sounds as though that he was already semi-out — he talks about being a fixture on the gay scene in town — but not officially or as part of his public persona.
Here are a few of the best lines from the piece (the whole thing is definitely worth a read):
1. Just over seven years ago, before Thanksgiving, we were getting into the car outside of a CVS when my mother said, “I think you should go ahead and do that story you’ve been talking about.”
“Yes,” she said. “Just go ahead and do it. And then we’ll have a party.”
She was talking about the story in which I would say that I am gay.
2. I haven’t been fair to my family, my friends or my co-workers. And I certainly haven’t been fair to myself: For too many years I’ve been on the sidelines of Boston’s gay community but not in the game…
3. It’s my hope that from now on I’ll be more involved. I’m not really sure what I mean by being “involved,” but this is a start: I’m gay.