So as I mentioned before 2015 is the year of change. For some uncanny reason I have a feeling that this is going to be the year that will help everyone as a whole move forward with their lives and clearly, I am not the only one.
Aaron and Austin Rhodes models and YouTube stars for the widely popular YouTube channel “The Rhodes” Bros also feel like this was an important year to make a change. Much like other individuals before them, the brothers felt that it was time for them to start being open and honest about their sexuality and utilized YouTube as the medium in which they would come out to not only their family, but the world.
As someone who also used YouTube to come out to my friends and family, I understand how nervous these two boys had to have been. Unlike myself, they chose to come out to their father in real time via a telephone call and recorded his candid reaction.
Now (Time to your you heads) imagine that you had this huge secret that was holding you down and making you feel like you were constantly on the verge of drowning. You fear that if anyone were to learn this secret, they would treat you different or stop loving you all together. For many people in the LGBTQ community, this fear of being “found out” is an everyday reality and people struggle to stay above water. The raw emotions in this video shows how much courage and strength a person must have in order to come out.
Now this courage does not just happen overnight, no. It is a process…..a journey where each individual must travel alone and navigate their own way. Even though these two are twins, their journeys towards accepting the fact that they were gay and then being able to tell their twin as well as other people much have taken some time. Just take a look….
Personally this journey took me years to understand and to accept. I wanted so badly just to be like everyone else that I failed to realize that being unique and myself was a good thing. So many times people get so bogged down with what is expected of them or how society thinks that these people should live, that they forget to do what makes them happy. We only have one life to live and we much make sure that we live it to the fullest. Hiding and denying such a huge part of ourselves from our self is toxic. Being held down with feelings of guilt and not belonging takes a toll on a person’s psyche. It isn’t until we are able to start to love are self and ALL of our self that we are able to become whole and to move on. The same is said as one comes to terms with being gay.
I’d just like to take the time to congratulate these two men with finally coming to terms with their sexuality as well as being able to share this information with the world.
Way to get messy guys!!
Until next time! Take chances! Make mistakes! GET MESSY!!