“To Be a Gay Man” by Will Young— An End to Gay Shame

Young, Will. “To Be a Gay Man”, Ebury Press, 2020.

An End to Gay Shame

Amos Lassen

Will Young is a million-selling pop star and co-host of influential podcast “Homo Sapiens”. In “To Be a Gay Man”, he calls for an end to society’s legacy of gay shame, revealing the impact that it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy. Young’s story began long before his first audition. He recalls a world where growing up being called gay was the ultimate insult and coming out after spending part of his life hiding his sexuality. Young explores the long-lasting impact repressing his true self has had. He shows that internalized shame in childhood increases the risk of developing low self-esteem and even self-disgust that lead to destructive behaviors in adult life. In revisiting the darkest extremes he has been to, and by sharing his vulnerabilities and regrets, he shares his own navigation and shows the way for others who might have felt alone in the same experience. He breaks taboos with honesty and offers  practical advice on how to overcomeg the difficult issues that are faced within the LGBTQ+ community

Today Will Young is 41 and it is his hope that by sharing his life will help and inspire other young, queer people to come out and live a life free of shame.

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