By Richard Hack
Steven Jacobs says that he first realized he was gay at the age of 13. But even then, he already knew it was not a wise thing to share. Since no baby is born knowing discrimination, he apparently had acquired this belief through friends and at school. For years he struggled silently with the fear the allowing his sexual identity to become public would result in shame and disgrace–on him and his family.
Jacobs was born in Massachusetts and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey with his three older siblings Alyson, Kevin and Ryan, but it wasn’t until his late teens that he worked up the courage to tell his mother, whose wise response has empowered him to become a role model for closeted young gays. Now a student at New York University, class of 2022, Jacobs hopes to become a human rights attorney.