Daniel, Visual/Creative/Artist/Stylist, New York City

photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong

Daniel, in his own words: “For me, being gay was never as much about “coming out” as it was “coming to.” To say that I was “in the closet” would imply that I was hiding something about myself. I never lived a double life or purposely lied about who I was. I just finally started having the courage to answer my questions about feelings that I was previously confused by or didn’t fully understand. In college, my exposure to the gay community expanded and I realized that it was just like any other community in the sense that there was a place in it for everyone. I began to see that I didn’t have to live by a certain set of rules to be a part of it.

In my opinion, sexuality is a very personal thing and everyone has their own story to narrate. I think the biggest mistake that people make is trying to inflict their rules onto someone else’s sexuality. I am fortunate enough to have a strong support system of family and friends who do not try to dictate how I live my life. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and I’ve had to cut ties with a few naysayers along the way, but every person, gay or straight, will encounter someone at some point who doesn’t approve of who they are or what they’re doing. I keep my head up by distancing myself from those negative people and surrounding myself with positive people in my life.”

photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong

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