It’s been a while since I posted a comment from a skateboarder who is gay. I hear from many gay skaters via this website, but they usually just want to say hi and, “Thanks for letting our voices be heard.”
Yesterday, I heard from a young man named Rex, age fifteen, who lives in Knoxville, TN. He said, this:
“I’ve skated since fifth grade. My older brother gave me his beat up board when my parents bought him a new one for his birthday. Right away I got hooked. We have a few decent skateparks in Knoxville, and I’m grinding most every day with my posse.
“So, a few years ago, I got this huge crush on a friend of mine, a guy I knew at school, and then I knew I was gay, for sure. Girls don’t interest me. Of course, I didn’t tell this guy I was hot for him ’cause I was pretty sure he was straight. Also, I don’t think my bros at the skatepark would be too cool with me being gay.
“Anyway, I came across your old blog a couple of years ago, when I Googled “gay skateboarder”, and I’ve followed you ever since. I really enjoy the comments you post from gay skaters. It’s good to know I am not alone. I haven’t had a boyfriend yet. I guess a skatepark is not the best place to look for one, but that’s where all my friends are. There is a GSA at my high school, but I’m a little timid about joining. Maybe next school year I will, who knows. But thanks so much for your website. I like the photos of guys you post, and your description of your daily life is interesting. Each afternoon, when I check your website, I feel like I’m visiting you in person.”
Wow, thanks Rex.
I rose at 7:30 this morning, to take my morning, three-mile walk on the beach. The sun wasn’t too high in the sky, so the temperature was reasonably cool. A baby dolphin swam in the same direction I walked, just offshore, so I could watch him surface and dive for about ten minutes, a really cool experience. I took a swim in the Gulf before eating breakfast.
I’ve just spent two hours editing my work-in-progress. This project is very slow-going because I have to re-visit each scene, to add additional details about setting. Since it’s a 105,000-word novel, I’ll likely be working on it all summer long, but that’s okay. It’s an interesting tale, with plenty of kooky characters, and I know it’ll turn out to be some of my best work.
I don’t have much planned for my afternoon. The temperature’s too hot right now to do anything outdoors. But I’ll visit the supermarket for necessaries, and then around five PM I’m meeting a friend to hit golf balls at a driving range. He’s much younger than me — I’ve known him since he was in high school — and we get along really well, so it’ll be fun.
Have a nice Sunday, friends.