As Interviewed by Brian Sawyer, on March 14, 2015
"I would say that crimes against gay people because they're gay are no more acceptable than crimes against black people or Mexicans because they are not white."

Introductory Profile: About Harry

Harry, the person I interviewed, has a very good perspective of life as a gay man in America.

Harry is big built but gentle, and he speaks softly with a strong undertone. He discovered that he was gay when he was in high school, but accepted it only after a long-term college relationship ended. At that point, he realized he was not destined to marry a woman. He grew up in Mississippi in the 1950s and moved to Texas as a teenager, first to the Rio Grande Valley and later to Austin. While his Mississippi roots predated the Civil Rights era, he saw discrimination of African Americans through the eyes of a white male youth. His later experiences exposed him to similar discrimination toward Hispanic Americans. Harry has been a realtor in Austin for many years and has largely escaped the specific effects of discrimination that many gay people experience. However, he was the victim of one painful hate crime when he was attacked while on a night out.

During our interview, Harry was very deliberate in his answers and delivered them well. He seemed to care about the message he conveyed. He spoke to many issues that affected other minority groups and, overall, spoke kindly of everyone.

As stated, Harry has insight into what life as a gay man could be like and considers himself lucky not to be affected by discrimination as much as other people. Not only that, he doesn’t feel himself greatly affected by the bans in place against gay people because, as he said, “I’m not the marrying kind.”