See the full video here: MY COMING OUT STORY
So just to clarify the above gif set (as per some questions and comments I received)
In reference to the images above, the implication was not to suggest that one group of individuals is any better or worse than any other, nor even different. However, we are each born into this world with inherent properties out of our control, properties to which the world around us does behave and react differently towards in accordance with a larger social and economic construct.
In the context of my coming out video, the phrase “being gay isn’t normal, it’s special” came in the run of a larger dialogue specifically in reference to my sexuality and it’s influence on my artistic career and endeavors. For me, coming out was not only about accepting my sexuality, but ultimately finding myself as an artist.
The two most important aspects of being an artist are; Honesty and a unique point of view.
Taking into account the number of gay individuals in relation to the global population (roughly 5%) we are, in almost any given community, an overwhelming minority. This statistic alone should make evident that a gay man or woman is going to have a very different perspective on the world than most others around them. In terms of being an artist this is incredibly valuable, as I went on to say in the video:
"It’s not normal… it’s special. It’s different, it’s unique and it’s something that not very many people get to experience. Embrace the experience, use it as inspiration. Use it to help change the world around you."
At a time where simply being gay is a crime in many countries, our insight and our voices are more valuable than ever. We have an opportunity as an artist or even just as a citizen, to offer a unique perspective, to see things in a way not many others will be able to, to offer up new ideas, to enlighten those around us and to continue, through sharing our stories, to tip the scales of equality, understanding and acceptance in our favor, and in that regard we are absolutely, undeniably special.