This National Coming Out Day I am grateful for

This National Coming Out Day I am grateful for … each time I have to come out to my maternal grandma (because the mind is a tricky thing as we get older). She continues to love me each time after being slightly shocked. This was alarming the first time, but it has been kind ofContinue reading “This National Coming Out Day I am grateful for”

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Everyday I Live in Fear

“Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto. I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.” ~ Maya Angelou Every day I live in fear for two main reasons that are separate but not mutually exclusive. I’m gay, and I’m black in America. Some homophobic person could physically attack me for beingContinue reading “Everyday I Live in Fear”

Try Harder

I believe people are doing you a disservice in your career when they tell you to expect what is historically standard. Does that mean I shouldn’t want more for myself? Everyday there are people breaking new ground and defying the norms and expectations set for them. Is this person telling me that I can’t be one of them?

5 Years Out as Gay – Beyond a 17 Years Old’s Love

Five years later, I think how awed, at points disappointed and overall proud a younger Jarryd would be of what’s transpired since then. If I could tell him what I know five years later, it would be…

Three Years! My Coming Out Anniversary

This month I’ve reached my three year anniversary of being out of the closet as gay and three years feels like a truly special place personally. For the past few months the thought often toyed around my mind of how I’ve never talked to my maternal grandmother about being gay, even though I’ve had conversations withContinue reading “Three Years! My Coming Out Anniversary”

A Spark? The Beginning of Passion?

In my touch of bold nature I have a history of being straightforward with my romantic intentions. I love the idea of meeting someone, saying you’re interested and then going on a date. Easy as 1,2,3. Just that happened a few weeks ago. I worked an event midsummer and met a guy named Stan (forContinue reading “A Spark? The Beginning of Passion?”

A Return to. . .

Today marks the beginning of the second half of the year and what strikes the beginning of my senior year. I walk forward into the last round of college and think back on junior year. Within this last year, I changed my job and transitioned once again while at the same company. I served onContinue reading “A Return to. . .”

#Unapologetic

When we make decisions and are even considering options, people will always try to make us feel bad about what we want. This includes the people we care about most, along with people we don’t know so well. We’re judged for how we let certain things play out and for how we want them to.Continue reading “#Unapologetic”

That Awkward Moment When. . .

It’s going to happen as a gay person. By accident you’re going to hit on or ask someone out that isn’t your sexuality. In your defense, they were being flirty with you too. For those lovers of the cancelled show Greek, it’s just like when the only gay lead character, Calvin, makes a move onContinue reading “That Awkward Moment When. . .”