“@Danielrush666 shut up you’re a faggot.”

An interview with Daniel Rush about self identity

Daniel Rush a 20 year old MSU student is interviewed on September 20th, 2016 about the most important moment in his life so far.

Written by Kylah Williams

My name is Danny Rush. I am 20 years old and in high school I felt trapped. I had a girlfriend for a year and a half even though I’ve known I was gay since I was six. In kindergarten I had crushes on the boys and not the girls but I went into a relationship with a girl because I was trying to force myself into believing I was something I was not. I thought, if I could be bi sexual at least that would have been better than only liking boys. Eventually she did find out I was gay and while her anger was understood, she couldn’t be mad that I found myself. My high school was half white suburbia and half Hicksville so being different wasn’t a thing. I had to hide who I was. People had confederate flags and were either racist or homophobic or both. Reaching my freshman year in high school I had only told my best friend and my parents that I was gay. Surprisingly, they were all really accepting of my identity but were just as worried as I was that I would be treated awfully or discriminated against because of who I was.

I probably would have stayed in the closet until I went to college and didn’t have to see anyone from high school anymore but I was forced to come out when another friend of mine that I entrusted with my secret outed me on Twitter to the entire school. At first I was scared and outraged and wanted to curse her out because she told everyone my biggest secret when I thought we had a friendship. Then I thought about it for a second, and saw this as an opportunity to say, “Fuck it” and finally be myself. After everything exposing me was posted on Twitter I thought the worst would happen and I was preparing myself for it but far from what I expected occurred. I wasn’t very cool and didn’t have many friends but kids on the football team and the popular cheerleaders actually started backing me up. Everyone was tweeting her about how hateful she was and a few days later she got jumped for calling a Mexican girl a disgusting and racist word. I am way more comfortable with myself now and have an awesome boyfriend name Steph. I’m still not the kind of person who would hold hands or kiss my boyfriend in public because you never know how people will react. . If I want to kiss my boyfriend in public I should be able to but society has a long way to go.