A Black Man On The Edge of A Nervous Breakthrough: My Mental Health Story

In 1995, I was attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in my sophomore year. I was coming to grips with my sexuality and felt I was hiding who I was from my friends and family. It broke my heart because I thought I was living a lie, that I was a fraud. A phony.

Growing up, I lived in the conservative Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. It’s a cliche, but in the 70s and 80s a lot of African American families in DuPage county actually DID know each other, as I wrote about in a past…