Mikey's Coming Out Story

This is me, Mikey Artelle, in 1994 when I was 20.
I'm wearing my spandex cycling outfit! So cute and gay! :)

Introduction
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 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 during the 1980's and 1990's was like, at least in my corner of the world. 

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:

1) Childhood
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/childhood.html

2) Playing with Dolls Doesn't Make Kids Gay
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/09/playing-with-dolls.html

3) Being a gay teenager in the 80's and early 90's
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/being-gay-teenager-in-80s-and-early-90s.html

4) The side effects of living in fear
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/the-side-effects-of-living-in-fear.html

5) Silencing my spirit
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/silencing-my-spirit.html

6) Being genuine... the real me!
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/being-genuine-real-me.html

7) Guilty pleasures...
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/guilty-pleasures.html

8) Being gay in the mid 1990's and beyond...
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/being-gay-in-mid-90s-and-beyond.html

9) A few thoughts about religion
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/a-few-thoughts-about-religion.html

10) Being "normal"
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/being-normal.html

11) Guys are beautiful!!!
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/guys-are-beautiful.html

12) Being "In the Closet"
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/09/being-in-closet.html

13) Coming out again, and again, and again
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/coming-out-again-and-again-and-again.html

14) A tale of unrequited love
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/a-tale-of-unrequited-love.html

15) The effects of conforming
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/the-effects-of-conforming.html

16) Internalized Homophobia
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/internalized-homophobia.html

17) Conclusion
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/2017/08/conclusion.html

18) Gay Stuff: Cool Websites and Info
https://mikeysfabulousgayblog.blogspot.ca/p/furth.html

THE END


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Originally Posted March 2016
Last Updated Aug 2017

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