“I’m proud to be doing what I dreamt of when I was 16.

I was going to a historically homophobic high school in the suburbs, closeted (to myself and the world). I remember thinking all I want is to live in Uptown with a cool job, have good friends and go out on the town. And that is exactly what I’m doing.

My parents had high expectations for me. They shaped my work ethic and drive. I am proud that I was able to have my own vision for my future, one that wasn’t necessarily set in front of me. It sounds cheesy, but I’m proud to honor my younger gay self.”