This is actually fascinating. An author decides to truly experience what it is to be gay by “coming out” to his friends, family, and everyone around him, despite not being so. The book this was done for should prove an incredible read.
What was the most eye-opening part of your year living with the label of gay?
Surprisingly the most eye-opening aspect of my year was experiencing just how detrimental the closet is. When I came out as gay, I was going into the closet as a straight man, and the repression and isolation I experienced was crushing. The combination of knowing I had to constantly hide my true attractions and orientation, with the reality that I couldn’t even hope for the possibility having a relationship, was overwhelming. And what I went through is NOTHING compared to the experience of the average gay and lesbian. They were never able to say “only 12 or eight or six more months of this before I get to be me again.” So what I consider to be the most eye-opening facet of my year was really only a glimpse of how bad the closet really is.
Hard to put it better than that. Not to mention that his closet was one of his own doing, rather than one forced upon him by fear that festered into self-hatred.
And massive kudos go to George Elerick himself. The amount of courage it must have taken to embark on this goes beyond anything you or I will ever muster up unless we save some babies from a burning grenade factory on our way to Beirut.