Prizm News / January 1, 2018 / By Curtis A. Brock Jr.
(Prizm photo by Staley Munroe)

Curtis A. Brock Jr.

Home: Columbus
Identifies As: Gay
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Describe your experience as an LGBTQ member of the US Air Force.

When I was in the Air Force, I was questioning my sexuality, so I wasn’t out. I was engaged to be married. I wasn’t until I called off my wedding, and had a long talk with myself, that I realized that I was gay.

The hardest part was not having anyone to talk to, which to turned into depression. I thought there was something wrong with me. Then I met my first partner. He told me that your sexuality doesn’t make you a good, bad, right or wrong; it makes you human, and you control your happiness.

I loved being in the USAF but wish that I could have been more open.

How have you seen Columbus grow or change the most in the past 10 years?

The growth in the Short North is a double-edged sword. It’s great for the economy, but I feel like the LGBTQ community is losing their safe space, and the area is losing its uniqueness.

What is the most important thing people in Ohio should do to create progressive change in their communities?

Educate, Educate, Educate. We should celebrate pride and diversity year-round, not just in June.

What three bits of advice would you give to young queer people of color across Ohio?
• Know your history. I think every young LGBTQ person should watch “Paris Is Burning” and “Milk”.
• It gets better.
• STOP posting everything on social media. Old post can and will come back to haunt you!