Weatherman Comes Out As Gay In Moving Facebook Post
A Kansas City weatherman came out and introduced his husband to the world in a moving Facebook post, last week.
Gary Lezak, the Chief Meteorologist at Kansas City's NBC affiliate KSHB, says he's been out to family and friends for many years. But on December 19, he decided it was time to come out to the public.
On Facebook, he writes:
"Although I have been out to myself for many years since I was a teenager, 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 realized I was gay, that you are born this way."
Lezak, 55, also introduced the world to his beloved partner of Andy, with whom he's shared the last 20 years, and whose love and support he credits with helping him overcome a battle with a rare form of bone cancer.
"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. To symbolize 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!"
By coming out, Lezak says he hopes he can help inspire young people to feel comfortable to be themselves.
"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. It can be quite scary. I am hoping to be a good role model for the LGBTQ community."