IamA 67-year-old gay man who has been blind since birth. A lot of you had questions about my life after reading my essay on AskReddit, so I'm here to answer them! AMA
Closing remark: It is very heartwarming that my article, which was written 17 years ago, still resonates with people. The problem I have had and, I'm going to be totally honest, is that when people read my article, many like it (and that is wonderful) but they don't take the next step to try to get to know me. That's why, when my friend u/runbrownmanrun suggested an AMA, I decided I was going to do it. I threw all caution to the wind and I hoped I would not receive unkind responses. I am truly moved and gratified by the interest the AMA has generated. I believe that most people, whether they are gay or not, are good caring sensitive people. That belief keeps me going. I hope things will improve for me. I want to thank everyone who has responded and I look forward to hearing from many of you. I also want to give a shoutout to my friend u/runbrownmanrun who has made this possible.
Note from u/runbrownmanrun: I got in touch with Bob because of a service I'm developing for managing seniors' health and well-being. It will automatically detect emergencies, manage short/long-term care, and keep helpers and loved ones in the loop. If you are a senior who could use something like this or have interacted with such seniors before, PM me - I would love to hear about your experience!
Cyberhugs to you all, Bob
Hi Reddit, my name is Robert, but you can call me Bob!
A few weeks ago, an AskReddit asked 'Blind gay people of Reddit, how did you know you were gay?' (https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/6bz2ej/blind_gay_people_of_reddit_how_did_you_know_you/). In response, u/Costco1L posted an essay I wrote in 2000 called 'Being Blind and Gay' (http://www.bentvoices.org/bentvoices/feinstein-blindandgay.htm).
I had never heard of Reddit before and didn't think many people would read my essay, so imagine my surprise when u/runbrownmanrun told me over 21,000 of you liked it! He told what an AMA is and, because of all the interest and follow-up questions my essay's gotten, I think it's a great way to tell you more about me. I also hope this can help me get to know new people, so please message me directly too!
u/runbrownmanrun will be reading me the questions and typing my responses verbatim. He and I met because he's creating a service that can help elderly people who are often alone like me stay healthy and get help if they can't call for it themselves. If you have any questions for him too, feel free to ask!