Jon Wright, Gay
Senior, Video Production
INVOLVEMENTS AT OU:
Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Special Olympics volunteer and Adopt a School participant.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE OUT?:
I spent most of my life thinking that being gay was a bad thing and that I needed to be fixed, and when I finally realized that it was perfectly normal and that there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, I decided to keep it to myself. Eventually, I simply had to tell someone. I remember the feeling of coming out so well. It was the first time in many years that I didn’t have a secret and could be honest with myself. It’s a great feeling when you can become truthful with yourself.
WHY ARE YOU PROUD?:
I am proud of my talents and skills because they are all intertwined. As far as my work is concerned, I am proud to be able to use these skills with my life experience in order to say exactly what I feel and emphasize what I feel needs to be done.
WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT COMING OUT?:
Telling the first person was definitely the most difficult, because you have no idea of how things are going to go. Once the first person is told, everything becomes much easier.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS WHO COME OUT?:
Coming out is about you, not them, and there's nothing wrong with that.
THOUGHTS FOR NON-LGBT PEOPLE ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE AND CONCERNS:
I hope that we all continue to live together peacefully.