When I was a little boy, seven or eight or so, I would go to bed with two fervent prayers. One: that I'd wake up in the early morning and find The Ruby Slippers waiting next to my bed, so I could travel to Oz and escape the torment that awaited me at school the next morning. Two: that I would be anything but gay.
More than anything else - I desperately desired to be straight. To be like all the other little boys. To feel like there wasn't something horribly wrong and strange about me.
I prayed so hard and wished it so much... that I buried that secret knowledge of my orientation down deep and actually convinced myself for well over a decade that I was just asexual.
And it made me miserable. And it made me sick. And it made me lonely.
It hurt so deep.
Fortunately: times changed, I grew up, and I learned to start loving myself deeply for who I am.
So this is for you, the little seven-year-old boy inside me. I got you your Ruby Slippers.
May you heal and find peace at last. 👠🌈✨ #overtherainbow #rubyslippers #oz #beokay #comingout #lgbt #healing #gayandproud #imokay #imenough #gratitude #healingmyinnerchild #gay #tototoo