Today was the longest day of the journey. I started off from northern Montana around 10:00 in the morning and didn’t stop driving until I reached Wyoming at 1:00 AM. Along the way I was able to stop, find WIFI, make a bunch of calls, and find an amazing person to interview in Bozeman, Montana. All in all, it was about 12 hours of driving. Yikes. But it was worth it!
I interviewed Ken Speers. He was born and raised in a small town in Montana. He has an incredible story. Ken realized he was gay at a young age, but stayed in the closet. Homosexuality didn’t fit in well with the cowboy culture. He joined the Navy and was in the department that would research the backgrounds of people that were applying for classified positions. His job was to find out if these people had any skeletons in their closet. During the week, he would kick people out of the military for being gay and doing drugs. Then, on the weekends, he was meeting up with guys and doing drugs himself. It ripped him apart.
Ken went into a downward spiral before coming out and getting sober. Since turning his life around, he has become a beautiful person and a true inspiration. He is now making a difference in people’s lives by working at a recovery house in Bozeman, Montana. He is also an amazing artist.
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