By Ilana Slomovitz
It was about midnight when my good friend from high school Brendan called me. I had just transferred to my new college, and we talked all the time. So I figured this was just him calling to say, “Hey, what up girl?” or “’Sup playa?!”
When I picked up the phone he asked me if I was sitting down. I immediately sat down, thinking he was going to tell me something terrible had happened, like someone had past away. He said, “I’m gay.” I said, “What?” and he repeated his statement. I was shocked…surprised…my jaw dropped. I didn’t believe it. All of my friends said he was gay, I thought as a joke. I was the only who would say, “You are all ridiculous and for sure wrong.”
I mean Brendan always had a girlfriend. He never displayed or talked about any affection for guys. He was always a little weird in his own way, perhaps a little awkward, but we all were, so I was taken a back. I then told him that coming out was good, and I would support him in whatever he wanted to be. He then told me I was the 2nd person that he came out too, and I felt pretty cool about that.
I’m so proud of Bren for all that he has done for the gay community. He’s making such a difference in many people’s lives. Keep it up! Lylab!