On National Coming Out Day, I'd like to send a special thought to my brother Dan.
Where Dan and I grew up, it wasn't exactly easy to be gay. In fact, I'm sure it was incredibly confusing and difficult for him. Now that he's out, living with his long-time partner Joe, he's got a great house in the Minneapolis area and a fantastic job.
Dan has been through a lot in his life, but he's right now as happy as I've ever seen him. I'm proud of him and I love him and I know that he wouldn't be as happy as he is now if he hadn't decided to embrace himself and live in the open. He's incredibly smart, strong and determined. He's an inspiration.
Love you Danny! Happy Coming Out Day!
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.