I came out the day before 9/11. Here’s what growing up gay in the early ’00s taught me about bridging America’s political and cultural divides

The author in a school portrait from the autumn of 2001, around the time he came out to his parents

parents thought I got a girl pregnant.

“Mom. Dad. You love me no matter what, right? I’m still your son. Because I have something to tell you. It’s just… I’m gay.”

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Skylar Baker-Jordan

Skylar Baker-Jordan

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Skylar Baker-Jordan has been writing about UK and US politics and culture for more than a decade. His work has appeared at The Independent, Salon, and elsewhere