Juni 2006

Ich bin schwul - und das ist gut so!*

This month is pride month. At least in the USA. In Germany we postponed it till August because of the soccer world cup. Anyway, I'm proud every day of the year, so I just want to say it now and join Kelly's challenge, who shot the picture:

I'm so f*ing proud to be gay!

Exactly 10 years ago, I had just finished highschool, I finally realized that I'm gay, and I came out to my friends and family. And also in my job or in college it's never been a secret. I'm proud of all my friends and relatives who support me, and I'm proud I didn't make any bad experiences since.

I like rainbow flags whereever I see them. I (often) like the gay community and all the parties and parades, and I'm proud to be a part of it. I'm proud I don't have to hide my feelings and that I can hug the ones I love in public. I'm proud to be different, I'm proud to be gay.

Footnote: Klaus Wowereit, mayor of Germany's capital city Berlin, came out to the public in a speech and coined the now famous German phrase "Ich bin schwul - und das ist gut so!" (literally: "I am gay, and that's a good thing"; a more correct translation would be: "I am Gay, and that's ok").