‘He’s my other half, the one who makes me whole’: This weatherman has come out in a beautiful post
A weatherman has come out as gay and revealed his partner of two decades.
In a beautiful Christmas post, Kansas City Channel 41 weatherman Gary Lezak wrote that his relationship had helped him to endure and beat bone cancer.
He said that he had chosen to come out now to be a role model for LGBT children, as well as parents who may be struggling with their kid’s sexuality.
Lezak told his followers on Facebook that after 25 years in Kansas City, he felt it was “important” to come out.
“Although I have been out to myself for many years since I was a teenager,” he wrote, “it wasn’t until I was around 20 years old, in 1982, when I finally came out to my family and friends.
“I proceeded to live my life as a gay man, not necessarily out, but not totally hiding either. I have been out to my fellow employees and friends since my arrival in Kansas City.
“I have always felt, from the time I realised I was gay, that you are born this way.”
He went on to describe his relationship, writing: “February marks Andy and my 20th anniversary of meeting each other.
“He’s been my rock through some of the most difficult times. In 1999, I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
“I endured some of the most potent forms of chemotherapy known. Andy was there!
“I battled through the intense treatments for four months. Andy was there!
“I beat cancer and gained a new perspective on life and love.
“Andy and I set goals to celebrate, which involved trips to some of our favorite places; Las Vegas, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Caribbean,” he explained.
“To symbolise our love, I asked Andy to be my partner for life. On a romantic Caribbean cruise, I surprised him and presented Andy with a ring.
“He said yes! This was obviously before same-sex marriage.”
Lezak said that the pair has a “happy, fulfilling life” with their pet Sunny The Weather Dog, adding, heartwarmingly: “He’s my other half, the one who makes me whole.”
The weatherman explained: “It’s my hope that by sharing a little more about me, others will feel more comfortable to be themselves too.
“Young people who may be struggling with their sexuality, and their parents who may be trying to process it all as well, I know it is not easy.
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“It can be quite scary.
“I am hoping to be a good role model for the LGBTQ community.”
He’s made an excellent start.
See Lezak’s beautiful post here: