CategoryComing Out

The Day I Felt No Longer Alone As A Gay Teen


I remember when I first heard the song, Smalltown Boy, by Bronski Beat. If memory serves me, it was a sunny day with clear skies and I was driving my car, a 1980 Ford Granada with red vinyl seats. The kind of seats that would burn your skin if the car had been sitting out in the sun, windows closed, when you first sat down in shorts and a tank top...

Why Is It So Hard To Be Authentic?


Being authentic in a status quo world is easier said than done. Why is this such a big deal, to be authentic, and what does it mean? Here’s the Oxford dictionary definition of authentic, “of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine.“ The etymology of authentic is from the late Latin, authenticus, meaning ‘principal, genuine.’ Being authentic...

Coming out: The other side of self-acceptance


My Dirty Gay Secret:

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Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.