Along the way I had the experience of escaping an abusive father who eventually allowed me to learn the value of love, and that it should never be something you have to “earn“. A few years later a politico taught me the sublime value of truth and honesty, no matter what others will do to you. Then a business man inspired the first feelings of true love in me, and later taught me the reality of heartbreak and the power of following one’s intuition. Later a minister instilled her knowledge of how not to preach but to inspire, which is more precious than any sermon. And I’ve been graced with a friend who has stood by me through thick and thin, always coaching me along, and never wavering in her love for me. Those people and countless others are the ones who brought me along, and made me the man I am today.
—Beau Breedlove, the onetime lover of Portland’s Mayor Sam Adams, in his I’m From Driftwood coming out story [via]