My parents divorced when I was 12 years old. My mom told me that one of the reasons they got divorced was my dad being gay.
My dad was never open about his sexuality till he introduced me to the man he was about to marry. Not the fact him being gay, but the way he coped with the situation had a strong effect on me. Over the years I met different gay man and woman. All open about their sexuality. Probably some didn’t, but I would have never known. The big difference is that these people were born in a different zeitgeist than my dad. I suppose, at all times, coming out is an emotional process.
One of the guys I met, the baby brother of a friend of mine, was the opposite of my dad. I was intrigued by him. Besides him being open about his sexuality at a young age he was really eccentric. He would always take the centre of the stage. Nowadays the guy plays a significant roll, as a well known drag, in the Kings and Queens society. At this moment photographer Leon Hendrickx presents Kings & Queens, an intimate series of photographs exploring drag queens, by portraying the drag queens embracing the man behind their alter ego. https://www.foam.org/museum/programme/kings-queens
Sadly, despite the fact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in the Netherlands have been some of the most progressive in the world, there are people who disagree and take law into their own hands.
That brings me to the point. Micha, please keep up the good work. The world can use more ambassadors like you. You’re doing a hell of a job.