KSHB Channel 41 weatherman Gary Lezak has been keeping residents on Kansas City abreast of weather developments since 1999. Earlier this month, he decided to open up about his personal life.
In a Facebook message posted just before Christmas, 55-year-old Lezak, who is an avid dog lover and gym bunny, wrote:
Although I have been out to myself for many years since I was a teenager, it wasn’t until I was around 20 years old, in 1982, when I finally came out to my family and friends … I proceeded to live my life as a gay man—not necessarily out, but not totally hiding either. I have been out to my fellow employees and friends since my arrival in Kansas City.
Lezak went on to thank Andy, his partner of 20 years, who he credits for helping him through a devastating bout of bone cancer in 1999, the same year he became head chief meteorologist at KSHB:
Andy and I set goals to celebrate, which involved trips to some of our favorite places; Las Vegas, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Caribbean. To symbolize our love, I asked Andy to be my partner for life. On a romantic Caribbean cruise, I surprised him and presented Andy with a ring. He said yes! This was obviously before same-sex marriage.
Lezak concluded by saying he hopes in sharing more about himself it will encourage others to be comfortable with who they are.
“Young people who may be struggling with their sexuality, and their parents who may be trying to process it all as well,” he writes. “I know it is not easy—it can be quite scary. I am hoping to be a good role model for the LGBTQ community.”
Read Lezak’s full post: