Everything had to be perfect. I had spent weeks preparing for tonight. This was the night
that Gary and I decided to reveal our true feelings for one another. We had kept our
best time to come out of the closet.
door; Gary stood there wearing a sexy, black tuxedo that made his already broad
shoulders look even stronger. He pulled his hand from behind his back and presented me
with the most beautiful white orchid I had ever seen. As he said, “You look absolutely
matching black tuxedo that I was wearing. I knew the evening would be perfect.
After an enchanting candlelight dinner at Geoff’s, our favorite Italian restaurant,
quickly, and before we knew it, the limousine pulled up to the door of the American
was taking place, located on the top floor. We simultaneously took a deep breath and
the elevator, my stomach was turning flips. My heart beat wildly as it slowly rose to the
exposing a ballroom decorated with hundreds of twinkling stars and soft, romantic music
filling the air, Gary looked deeply into my eyes and asked, “Are you sure you want to go
through with this?”
As I nodded my head nervously, we proceeded through the doors. Once inside he
song, began playing. He embraced me and our lips met as we began to dance. In the
middle of this perfect moment the word “faggots” was hurled at us like a brick. We
looked up and noticed that we were the only ones standing on the desolate dance floor.
The room seemed to spin as hostility rose and slurs came at us from all directions. I ran
from the room utterly humiliated with Gary close behind.
After leaving the prom, we took a long ride in the limousine. For what seemed
like hours I sat blankly staring out the mirrored window of the limousine. The night’s
atrocities floating in front of my eyes and the word “faggots” ringing in my ears. I looked
at Gary and noticed tears hanging from the corners of his eyes. He then kissed me lightly
on the cheek and placed my head on his shoulder. As I drifted into sleep, I heard Gary
that night, I have once again repressed my true sexuality. I should have known that we
would have never been accepted by those narrow-minded people. Most importantly, I
came to realize that even in today’s society people refuse to accept love in all its forms.