This article is from “When We Rise,” a series on Rockland’s history of pride from the Rockland Pride Center. The author, Nyack’s Official Village Historian, John Patrick Schutz was in charge of curating, editing, and researching the series.
by John Patrick Schutz
I was born in Nyack in 1962, to a Bronx mother and Brooklyn father. Though I acknowledged my sexual preference to myself at 12, lack of role models kept me from telling anyone else. I was 19, and a college sophomore in NYC, when I realized being gay and being myself were not mutually exclusive, and I came out. A few friends from high school drifted away, but on the whole it wasn’t particularly painful–I lucked out in having a very cool family.