Sometimes the simplest statements can be profound. Thank you, Daryl.
I would put myself in the same category. Being an adult gay man is in itself a form of survival. There’s still a strong anti-gay element out there, and it’s not easy to go against a system that insists, sometimes vehemently, there’s something wrong with you. To embrace who you are despite being different challenges other people. And people get nervous when their worldview is challenged. If they get fearful enough, they’ll attack you. Being gay means we often have to fight just to be ourselves. It may be somewhat easier now, but it still takes courage and valor to go against the grain and stand up for who you are.