in this episode we talk about:
Bullies, insecurities, shame, and understanding sexuality were just a few challenges growing up queer in a small, rural town. John-David Brown shares his experience of the internal struggles he faced growing up a gay male and how supportive parents, therapy, lots of books, and strong friendships helped him understand that authenticity is, in fact, possible.
Interview with John-David Brown
John-David Brown is a 35-year-old technologist living in Los Angeles, where he leads product development for Perry Street Software, makers of queer dating apps SCRUFF and Jack’d. He studied politics at Cornell University and has primarily worked in technology during his professional career. He loves music, traveling, and his cat Governor.
You can find John-David Brown on Instagram
We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:
“The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World”
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