Daniel Newman is opening up about what it means to be out and proud in the LGBTQ+ community and offering tips to those negatively impacted by stay-at-home orders because of their sexuality.
During an appearance on "I'm Listening: Stay Connected," Newman revealed what it was like for him growing up as a gay man.
"I think sexuality played an incredibly powerful negative role in my entire life by homophobia and by everyone basically telling me since I was a kid that sex is private, you don't talk about it, gay people are weird, it's gonna ruin your career if you say anything. And on top of that, it's nobody's business, so just keep your mouth shut. So I felt the weight of that since I was a child," Newman tells Dr. Chris Donaghue.
Newman later realized that there wasn't much validity to the assumptions people were making about the importance of his own sexuality. "I realized everything I had been taught as a kid was a lie. It's such brainwashing," he explains.
Quickly, Newman was able to shift his perspective for the better. "It just changed my whole world," he said, continuing on to reveal how he does his part to help others who may be in a similar situation. "I started doing a lot of volunteering and working with youth shelters and things," he says.
With stay-at-home orders still in effect across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, Newman wants to stress the importance of finding support if you're stuck in an unaccepting and unhealthy living situation as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
"Find your tribe," he says. "Whether you're doing that through Facebook, whether you're doing that through social media, you know, learn our history. Our history's so beautiful - contribute to it."
He leaves listeners with a note about how beautiful it is to really accept and own who you are publicly. "It's so important to be out and proud and visible because, you know, when people are successful and doing incredible things, and yet they're hiding who they are, that hurts millions of us," he explains.