Nothing else really happened after that until I came into Maitreya’s energy, and he wrote his first newsletter about gay people – except he did not call them gay. He told me that he liked to call them “free” as they are free. They had come out and been true to themselves. I was shocked. How could he do this? Over many months of teaching through various books, his personal words, and reading over and over his newsletter on the subject, I gradually let go of my fear – for it had been a fear. I came to the realization that, no matter what, love is love and it should not be limited to just a man and a woman. I came to the awareness that I was happy to be heterosexual, and wanted a man as my partner. However, I began to soften to the idea of a woman – woman, man – man relationship and felt embarrassed that I had run away from one in my early years.
In the last 60 years we have come a long way from the days of Quentin Crisp. Ironically in a way, AIDS (which originally frightened everyone including homosexuals) became the means of understanding these people. Instead of dividing people, it brought out support for them. I remember the film star, Rock Hudson, coming out just before he died. Apparently, he had always been gay but had hidden it very successfully all of his life. Today, very few people are afraid to come out. It is accepted as part of our culture. For years in Sydney, Australia, they have had a gay parade each year with not only adults attending but children also. How we have changed in 60 years since Quentin Crisp. I am so looking forward to attending this wedding, not only because I know the couple personally, but it will be a celebration of two people who love each other, and love is the most important thing of all.