Hey TM, you leavin me out?
You're a politician? Or just closeted? Actually I thought that you are in fact out.
Are you able to be totally out in your classic car clubs? Not a slam, just curious. I would have thought those were preoccupied with macho-ness, where gays aren't welcome, like when I would take my motorcycle to the annual Sturgis rally, and I had to watch my step. Though I still had gay Pride stuff on my bike, even on my leathers.
I've never run for office, but have worked many campaigns, yes, all Repubs, from county chair for the GRF reelection effort in 76 on forward.
"Are you able to be totally out in your classic car clubs"
I don't mean to be rude, but how many thousands of lines have I written about this?
Well that's what I thought, hence your comment to TropicalMark puzzled me. He said there was only one closet case posting here, and he wasn't referring to you. I guess you assumed he would, once you had posted something?
In any case, I encourage guys to be out in many settings, I think that's a way to advance the entire gay community. For us to be seen everywhere, and appear "normal" to straight eyes, doing much the same things they do.
And to answer some of my more psychotic critics here, I never considered myself to have been closeted. That's a guy who knows he's gay but tries to hide it.
I was instead in deep denial, not even knowing or believing that I was gay. But the day I realized my true orientation I came out totally, and never lived a single hour in hiding or deceit. I don't knowingly live a lie.
And I'm kinda proud about how I immediately embraced my orientation, once I understood it. I freely admit to my stupidity in not knowing sooner, but I am innocent of the charge of having ever been closeted.
Which means I also empathize with a lot of "late bloomers" here who have tried to sort-out this confusion & conflict in which they found themselves. I think we could help them all a lot more by not calling them closeted and accusing them of deliberate deception, but in helping them make the transition into their true orientation.
BTW, I note your comment about mechanics. I received a technical school degree as a Master Auto Mechanic just before I enlisted in the Army. It would please me some day to see your cars, and talk about their 1960s technology that I know so well.