This is me, Mikey Artelle, in 1994 when I was 20.
I'm wearing my spandex cycling outfit! So cute and gay! :)
On this page of my blog I'd like to share my own experience of growing up in a heterosexual world while coping with being gay. As a result of my internalized homophobia and fear of society's intolerance and hatred toward homosexuality I've kept my thoughts about being gay all bottled up for far too long, so there is certainly a part of me that needs to tell this story and finally have it out there. Though I also think it's important to write this because it's a first hand account of what being a gay kid in the Catholic school system was like, at least in my corner of the world, during the late 1970's, the 80's and early 1990's.
It's also my hope that someone else out there who has gone through a similar experience as me, or is going though it right now, will feel comforted and less isolated to have found a reflection of themselves in my story. When you are gay, feeling alone and isolated in a heterosexual world is the worst place you can be. With any luck this blog page will help someone else out there feel better about themselves, and help them understand a little bit more about the amazing, normal and natural, one of a kind human being that they are. I'm gay, and I'm happy to be me!
Here are the related pages:
Navigation Tip: At the bottom of each page there is a link to the following page as well as one to return back to this page.
2) Playing with Dolls Doesn't Make Kids Gay
3) Being a gay teenager in the 80's and early 90's
4) The side effects of living in fear
5) Silencing my spirit
6) Guilty Pleasures...
7) Being gay in the mid 1990's and beyond...
8) A few thoughts about religion
9) Being "normal"
10) Guys are beautiful!!!
11) Being "In the Closet"
12) Coming out again, and again, and again
13) A tale of unrequited love
14) The effects of conforming
15) Internalized Homophobia
17) Gay Stuff: Cool Websites and Info
Mikey's Fabulous Gay Blog
Biker Mikey: Fond memories from my 20's
Mikey's Art and Puppetry Blog
Last Updated Aug 2017
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