Anderson Cooper recently declared his gayness, and R & B singer Frank Ocean - whom until now I never knew about - also publicly proclaimed his status. Because these people and others in the past had enough courage to announce to the world their sexual preferences, I decided that it was time to face my fears and make my own announcement.
After consulting my family and close friends, I am ready to announce to the world that...I am straight. There, I said it. Heterosexual. Straight as a board. Straight as a white girl's booty/back. Straight as the A's from my report cards of old.
When I was a little boy, I knew I was straight. One might even say that I was born that way. I remember back when I was around eight or nine years old. My friends and I used to play this game called "Roaches" with the little girls on the block. The girls would sit in the lawn chairs at any one of our houses and act like they were having a tea party. We, the fellas, were the "roaches" who crawled on the ground behind them and pinched their booties "by surprise". They'd be all like, "Oh Lord help me, help me please! The roaches are pinching us on the butt". We'd be all like, "yeah...we the roaches and sh*t. We're roaching you. You're getting roached". Then they would run off and we'd catch them and turn 'em into...roaches. Yeah, it was fun.
It was during this period in my life that I knew I was going to be different from most men when I grew up. I pinched girls' booties and I liked it. As I got older, "playing Roaches" turned into "Spin the Bottle" and "7-11" with girls. Eventually, that evolved into watching that fuzzy adult channel that would never come through, but clear enough to know what was going on. Then there were girlfriends. We'd go to the movies, skating, bowling, the mall - you name it. Kissing in public...no problem. It was my girlfriend, duh. What else are you supposed to do with her?
Nowadays, it's commonplace for men to have boyfriends and women to have girlfriends. It's natural for men to openly dress and act like women and women to openly dress and act like men. I'm not complaining about it. It's just that...I'm no longer in the majority, and it's different for me.
Like a child playing hide-n-seek, I remained in the closet, not wearing my sexual preferences on my sleeve like everyone else. I mean, who wants to hear about a man who likes women? I felt like I would be shunned if I said something. Ridiculed even. I was scared...until now. I have the courage to put it out there - I'm straight. I am no longer in the closet. And I am proud to have a girlfriend.