This week there was a meeting of "managers" for our "region". I met with the "regional executive" boss man. It was a very good meeting. I told him how important it is for me to come out in my place of business, with our "customers." This isn't about what I want. This is about living with honesty, integrity, and authenticity. This is about being faithful.
He was with me all the way. He's going to check with other "regional executives" about how they've handled such a thing as this, a "local manager" coming out. Then we will meet again so we can "talk about how we are going to do this." Yes, he said "we." He's with me. This is big news.
I am thrilled but humbled, and a little scared. But I'll get over all of those things (well, let's hope the humility holds out). There could be a yawn and "tell something we don't know," kind of reaction. Or it could be a much less friendly kind of thing. No way to know. No way to really control that. Time to let go.
Have you experienced a change in folk when, even though they probably assume you are gay, change when you say the word? Why is it that when we come out, when we name it, when we acknowledge that we're gay, then attitudes change?
What do you think? What's been your experience? I'd be interested to know.