You’d better watch this. I spoke to a camera lens for seven minutes just for you. But first, a few notes. One, I originally intended to publish this letter (roygeneable.com/2013/02/04/to-those-with-open-hearts-an-open-letter/) after leaving for Korea; I’ve obviously changed my mind, but I didn’t want to re-record this video. So sue me. Two, I misspoke at one point: toward the end, I seem to contradict myself when I say we have to find the answers to questions about our sexuality on our own. What I meant to say is that while we should never attempt to resolve these types of issues in the absence of the support of our friends and allies, it is ultimately the individual who’s poised to make the best judgment about who he or she is. People have been telling me who I am for most of my life and they’ve all been, in the aggregate, wrong.

Also, there’s one more reason I chose to handle this publicly that I didn’t initially think it necessary to state (and I still think it ought to be obvious) which is that I intend to own this aspect of my identity. I recognize that not everyone chooses to deal with issues like this in the same way–see, for example, my next-to-latest post where I discuss Jodie Foster at the Golden Globes. Nevertheless, I’m very happy with who I am and while I don’t intend to parade it about, neither do I intend to be furtive or secretive or absent from contemporary moral debate. Anyway, that’s all for caveats. Watch away.

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