The Key to Coming Out

May 29, 2011 § 13 Comments

…is coming in, finding self-acceptance. Recently I have received numerous emails asking just how a gay teen should come out be it to their parents, siblings, or friends, and with each answer I always respond with a similar opening statement: before you’ve come out – have you come in yet? « Read the rest of this entry »

Craig Cassey on MSNBC live!

May 17, 2011 § 13 Comments

Dry like Winter’s skin, my throat craved water – begging me to tear through two bottles within the three remaining minutes before my interview. I was excited. Ecstatic! And freakishly thirsty. Yet when I heard the unfamiliar “we’re in standby,” it all went away. My mind was kissed with calm and my throat… was still thirsty. Just not AS thirsty. Perhaps the good chi from my Chinese teacher came through after all! With newly relaxed shoulders and a smile in my mind, it began… and my life was altered. *Click below to see the interview video* « Read the rest of this entry »

One Wheezing Woman, 1000 Smiles Saved

May 13, 2011 § 13 Comments

…and there I saw the alleviater of my anxiety, angst, and pain – a teacher slowly crawling through the hallway, one hand against a wall for support and the other on her cane. She took three steps, her feet barely leaving the ground, and stopped, sighing to herself while wearing a smile which made her soft wheeze seem less cringe-worthy. With one breath in, she moved forward three more steps and stopped to rest again. « Read the rest of this entry »

A Solo Gay Prom, King’s Crown Included

May 10, 2011 § 70 Comments

…we danced, swaying side to side wrapped in each other’s arms – our tuxedos framing our matching vests. He peered into my eyes and I gazed into his; their shimmering eluding to his soft smile soon to broaden from cheek to cheek. And there, under the multi-colored lights whose glow caressed Carl’s face, Aerosmith’s “don’t wanna miss a thing” having just concluded happily, as we stood with all of my peers at my Senior prom… « Read the rest of this entry »

Craig’s Life Recap and FAQ 1

May 2, 2011 § 13 Comments

Happy (early) Monday to all of you! In the past few weeks, you have gotten to learn some more about me through my posts and tweets and I have been fortunate enough to learn more about you all through the comment section, twitter, and email. With all of this (awesome!) communication, I have begun to receive some common questions which I thought you all deserved to know the answer to – and more. What follows is an update on the ongoings of my life and the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions as of late.

College Decision Time: Yesterday marked the last day to send in school deposits and my money was sent to… Georgetown University – where I will be running on their track team and will be working hard to contribute. I am extremely stoked to have the chance to run on such a strong Division 1 track team which has a reputation for it’s strong middle distance program. While I know it wont be easy, what is in life that’s worthwhile?

As far as Majors and Minors go, I am currently planning to get a Chinese Minor (Ni Hao!) though my major is still undecided though I am leaning towards public policy. I would love to hear any recommendations!

Penn Relays: This past weekend my team ran at the Penn Relays, one of our favorite meets of the season and had many growth inspiring experiences to say the least. Our 4×800 which was predicted to be our best race of the weekend missed out on making finals as we ran extremely poorly, yet because of this failure we have grown tighter as a group and are more focused for our upcoming races and are expecting to post some big times soon. Positivity is what it’s all about, along with staying humble and motivated – and that is what we’ll be working on over the next few weeks.

Our 4×400 on the other hand, made it to the Philadelphia area finals and took home two medals and was one of if not the highest placing relay our school has ever had a Penn Relay’s final race so we ended on a very high note!

Student Leadership: With less then a 1.5 months before I graduated, I have begun preparing to leave my school with a few gifts. One of which will be having a few teams sign onto the GLSEN Team Respect Challenge. This is still in the works but progress is being made and I look forward to seeing this project through to the end.

I’m also preparing to counsel at two leadership based Summer camps, of which you’ll hear a great deal more about within the next two months, and I cannot wait to spend part of my Summer with my PASC (Pennsylvania Association of Student Council) peeps and my favorite Spark the Wave Crew! For teens interested in community service/leadership, send me an email and I can provide you with details on how you can attend Spark the Wave – a service based leadership centric camp which can give you the tools to better your community!

Lastly, my boyfriend and I are still together and are happy to be where we’re at. While we are not attending prom together, unfortunately, we will be making up for it with our own semi-formal celebration potentially in the form of a dinner out somewhere, a picnic in the park, or just some time spent together watching baseball (his favorite sport).

And that is what’s new with me! If you have any more questions, feel free to post them in the comment section down below!

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