NCF alum Thomas Knight reflects on his experiences as a gay man in academia

From Alligator org, June 29, 2020
Thomas Knight’s hands rested on the steering wheel of his Saab Convertible, but his mind was elsewhere.
As he drove away from Tampa’s International Plaza shopping center in 2003, a fleeting thought developed into a revelation. His reality was suddenly clear. Knight called a good friend and spoke his truth for the first time.

“It just, at some point, became second nature,” he said. “I have dark curly hair. I’m gay.”
Over the next two years, he shared the news with his friends and three sisters. It wasn’t until three years after the first phone call that he told his parents.
Read the rest of Thomas’ story here.


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