National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day, and for those that did not see my very first show "I've Slept My Way To The Top....Twice" back in 2013, this is the story I shared with the audiences during it's run.

I lived with my Mom up till I was 20 which was back in 1987. She did not know I was gay, even with my Olivia Newton John leg warmers, and Gloria Estefan hair! She just assumed, I was difficult to get along with and I would be single for the rest of my life. Sadly it's true to this day. Anyway, flash forward to 2011, I was 44 living in Bushkill, PA with Tyrone, and at this point we have been inseparable since 2001. Tyrone being close to my mom, decided to call her at 3 a.m. drunk as a skunk. He said, stumbling on his words, "I have to tell you something, but I don't want you to hate me". My mother is thinking the worst at this late hour. Could he be a murderer? Does the corner Deli deliver this late? She says, "tell me what's wrong, what is going on?". He says, "I am gay, I hope you still love me". My mom says, "oh Tyrone, I love you and you know you can always tell me anything, and I will always be here for you.".

The next day, I called my mom and she said, "I had an interesting conversation with Tyrone last night." I knew she was going to want to discuss this with me! I said, "I know... he told me". She then said, "is there anything YOU want to tell me?". I paused for what felt like a lifetime, and said, "If I said I was gay, how would you react?". She said..."Well, I hear it's all the rage." .....

......And just like that, I finally came out.

WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

XO

IKE

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