‘I Am Stronger Than a Stranger’

Because this is too important not to be shared.

And it’s also one of the few times when it is really worth reading the comments, both on Johnny’s Instagram and on his official Facebook.

Johnny, your response is perfect. You are amazing and beautiful and an inspiration to many, many people. Thank you for always being fiercely, unapologetically you.

 

This is a letter I received today from a gentleman called Donald W. Barry. "I'm gay too…you are too gay for TV broadcasting. Dress appropriate, get a hair cut and don't make it a drag show. Make us proud not ashamed. I'm with a huge restaurant with many conservative straights watching this. You have set all my hard work here back ten years." First I'd like to thank the gentleman for the ten years of work. His letter didn't hurt me because I am stronger than a stranger, but discrimination within the gay community is a terrible thing and must end. Sir, I have worked very hard, done amazing things with my life just the way I am and if you have an issue, go watch a football game instead of the skating. I'm a comfortably gay man and everything you see on TV is me, it's genuine. If you don't like it, go watch Bravo.

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  1 comment for “‘I Am Stronger Than a Stranger’

  1. cybercitizen
    March 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Terry Gannon sounds like and acts like an adorable person, but when I see Terry next to Johnny and Tara, or later Bob Costas or Matt Lauer on the next screen, I start to wonder how it is that males in this society got forced into their fashion straitjackets. Then I begin to wonder what kind of conditioning is exerted, slowly and steadily from day one, that men cannot begin to feel free to exercise more freedom in terms of styles and colors (even infant boys are forbidden to wear pink and purple!). Men only feel free to do differently from what is expected on Halloween, at costume parties, Mardi Gras, corporate-sanctioned “Hawaiian shirt days” and such. Men in our society internalize what is permitted so much that most of them cannot begin to think of challenging the boundaries. Some even react with reflexive horror at any slight variance…such is their internal conditioning.

    I appreciate that Johnny has the courage to start the dialog and push the envelope. I appreciate that Johnny sees the potential of a wider spectrum of colors and styles. Among birds, the males tend to be the brave ones who wear the brightly colored plumage. Why do the males in this society resemble crows and birds of prey?

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