Fast Company: What It’s Like To Come Out

Excerpt: It happened to me just the other day. I was having coffee with a colleague, and we’d moved onto the subject of partners. Rather esoterically, we were discussing how he and his girlfriend had learned to play the piano in different ways: one by ear, the other from reading sheet music. It reminded me of my boyfriend, a conductor, with whom I have had similar conversations about music. “Yes,” I said, in reply. “In fact, my boyfriend and I talked about this just yesterday.”

And there it was. The same old freeze of the eyelids when someone realizes you are gay.

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IMAGE CREDIT: Guillaume Paumier