For all my fellow Bostonians, this Boston Globe article should hit close to home. In the wake of the recent media attention towards LGBT bullying and suicides, a few public figures in the Boston area spoke out about growing up gay.
Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West referenced turning to his favorite broadway musical for consolation after his peers had determined his passion for writing to be “faggy”.
“Years later, I would hear Elphaba sing on Broadway, ‘Something has changed within me. Something is not the same. I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game.’ Sing it, sister. Now, I realize I committed myself to becoming a writer that awful afternoon. Of course, it wasn’t just a writer I was choosing to be. I was choosing to be myself.”
The article is really inspiring, and definitely worth a look.