How My Acknowledged Sexuality Altered My Perceived Athletic Ability

January 11, 2012 § 7 Comments

“I can’t wait till the day when an athlete will come out… and it won’t be a big news story,” I hear often enough. “I’ll love it when people just WON’T CARE,” people say and understandably so. It seems a fair way to rate our lgbtq community’s progress is through judging the impact, or lack there of, that people have when they come out. « Read the rest of this entry »

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Gay College Experiences: Ryan Moothart

September 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

This is one part of a series recounting the first college experiences and the lessons learned of Freshman at Georgetown University.
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1st installment: Gay College Experiences: Evan Sturrett
2nd installment: Once Battered and Bruised, Now Better Than Ever

I was trying to think of a fancier title, like “My College Experience: The Good, the Bad, and the Nights I Don’t Remember” or “My College Experience (or how I learned to grab life by the horn, mix cliches, and dive right in),” but in the end I decided to not try and get clever, especially when it’s not my strong suit. My name is Ryan Moothart. I’m 24 and graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon last year. I’d like to share my college experience with you all and, just maybe, at least one reader will find it helpful. « Read the rest of this entry »

Once Battered and Bruised, Now Better Than Ever

September 20, 2011 § 7 Comments

This is one part of a series recounting the first college experiences and the lessons learned of Freshman at Georgetown University.

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Being the linguistics major I am, I have assembled a vast treasure trove of adjectives that accurately describe who I am: caring, honest (most of the time…), trusting, brave, people-pleasing (just don’t piss me off), altruistic to a fault, intelligent, friendly :), Christian, authoritative, cosmopolitan, snazzy, and goal-oriented. A veritable repertoire of characteristics, huh? You might notice that “gay”, “homosexual”, or “queer” didn’t make the cut« Read the rest of this entry »

The Gay College Experience, It Is What You Make It

September 19, 2011 § 12 Comments

For the first time my heart raced at the words ushered exhaustively all throughout my childhood though they never phased me before. “Be cautious,” I was told by Georgetown’s lgbtq resource head, “the athletic community here may not be the most accepting.« Read the rest of this entry »

Success in Graduating

June 13, 2011 § 7 Comments

“Success is what he have all achieved here tonight,” my voice projected through the microphone at Thursday’s graduation ceremony. Success... After 13 years of public education, my peers and I have officially graduated High School and things are still hitting me now. Some people warned that a wave of emotions would come over us only after graduation, but these past two weeks have seemed more like an onslaught of tsunamis. « 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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