In an upcoming memoir, New York Times op-ed columnist Charles Blow admits being attracted to both men and women, sources say.
The Maynard Institute revealed details from Blow’s soon to be released book Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Memoir. Blow says coming to terms with his sεxuality almost cost him his future.
“In addition to being attracted to women, I could also be attracted to men. There it was, all of it. That possibility of male attraction was such a simple little harmless idea, the fight against which I had allowed to consume and almost ruin my life. The attraction and my futile attempts to ‘fix it’ had cost me my dreams. The anguish, combined with a lifetime of watching hotheads brandishing cold steel, had put me within minutes of killing a man. . . .”
Blow admits he still struggles with the label “bisεxual”:
“To me it seemed too narrowly drawn in the collective consciousness, suggesting an identity fixed precisely in the middle between straight and gay, giving equal weight to each, bearing no resemblance to what I felt. In me, the attraction to men would never be equal to the attraction to women — in men it was also closer to the pinch — but it would always be in flux . . .”