By Adam Hetrick
01 Jul 2013
Telly Leung, Broadway performer from Godspell, Rent and "Glee" star.
I am proud. I am proud to be a member of the Broadway community. It is a family of crazy misfits. Like all families, this family can be (at times) a dysfunctional family - but a loving and accepting family nonetheless. It's a family of artists that happily make a living telling stories that need to be told, and spreading joy to audiences night after night.
I am proud to be in the LGBT community - and I can proudly say that my partner and I have been together for 8 years.
I am proud to be Asian, from loving Chinese immigrant parents that truly define the "American Dream." They came to NYC in the 1970s with nothing but their half-full suitcases, $200, and the hope for a better life for themselves and the child they desperately wanted to be born in America so he could be a citizen and inherit their dream.
And after this weeks repeal of DOMA and Prop 8 by SCOTUS, I can truly say that I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be living in a country that always strives for the ideals that define us as a nation: "We, the People...," "Liberty and justice FOR ALL," "All men are created EQUAL." That moment, on June 26th, showed me the true meaning of pride. Happy Pride, everyone - and be proud of WHO YOU ARE.Continued...