My name is Brett Thomas Botbyl. I was born November 19th, 1963 and have walked many paths and worn many masks. What can I say? All things change. Like most kids, my childhood was filled with incredible highs and a few painful lows. But oh, the adventures! I was Batman, Superman, Spiderman and James Bond. I was wealthy and famous, Zorro and Captain Kirk. And when there was an audience, I was Frank, Elvis, Tom Jones and Carol King. You know? I’ve never stopped dreaming.
I’ve lived for the last ten years in Hawaii. Before that? New York, California, New York, New Jersey, Alpha Centauri. But now…Paradise. Home sweet home. Earth. The Big Blue Marble. We all have it rough. We all take a beating. For some, it’s easy. The rest of us? The shaft. Ten percent of us get the shaft a little differently than the rest. In a world of Robert Youngs and Donna Reeds, we’re born feeling just a bit different. We’re drawn to members of the same gender. Boys to boys, girls to girls, boys to boys and girls….you get the drift. It’s a lucky few of us within that select ten percent that ever come to a place of peace in our lives. That minority comes to realize that past all the hate and anger and petty judgment lies a life capable of love and understanding. I’m part of that minority. I am loved by the most beautiful person in the world and for the last fifteen have shared a truly amazing and loving relationship. Not to say it’s easy.
But hey…what on Earth is?