At the end of last year I took some time to make a few fundamental life decisions (as if I had not been doing that for the past 10 years on my journey) relating to my Career, my Relationships and my Hometown. Having made decisions for each, I have spent this year acting on them. And just prior to the Covid crisis breakout, I acted on my hometown decision and moved into the local gaybourhood. Since embracing my sexuality I had contemplated, but was always skeptical, of living directly in the gaybourhood. While I worked to get involved in the gay community socially and philanthropically I had negative perceptions of the people within the gaybourhood. In many respects, and in retrospect, I have concluded that such negative perceptions were the result of internalized homophobia. In a nutshell, I did not want to be perceived as living amongst the queens and flamboyant stereotypes nor associate myself with the perceived partying lifestyle of the community directly within. Additionally, I was not confident that I would fit in nor be able to establish a social circle consistent with my own interests and lifestyle. I recall even having a debate with @OGS after I spent a night in town for a meal some time ago. So at the end of the year I decided I no longer enjoyed living on the fringes (although with easy access) and a few months after the decision I found myself in a new home within the gaybourhood. Even in the age of Covid, I have managed to entrench myself in the local community and have begun to grow roots which I suspect will make this my forever home this point forward. I have found the community to be vibrant and diverse. While some of my perceptions were validated (of course there are many people that like to have fun), I have found a good number of residents that are both work and family oriented in similar ways as my own. While living outside the town my own internalized homophobia was inhibiting my ability to see that a broader community existed, actually living here has help me continue to resolve the remnants of internalized homophobia as I make myself vulnerable and engage with the broader community. Even with the current social distancing and half capacity outdoor restaurant dining, I have found the gaybourhood a great place to call home!