A lot of people remember the nineties and the devastating suicide rates amongst gay and lesbian teenagers in country towns, and assume that if you're not in a metropolitan city, life as a queer person is shit.
Thankfully, I was spared the fate of cruel parents and largely spared the troubles of a small-minded town.
Sometimes, not knowing the truth makes a situation seem more sinister.
Left to fill in the gaps, your mind begins to wander.
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Thirdly, you need to be able to accept that your biggest clients are the people with the biggest problems with alcohol.When I came out, aged eighteen, announcing to my family that I preferred women, my mother muttered 'half your luck'.My father laughed at her response and thumped me on the back, telling me he didn't blame me, and he wished me more success with the ladies than he'd had.My parents are starting to drop hints about retiring.They want me to take over running the hotel and it's attached bottleshop.