The Journey to Inner Freedom
In 2010, at age 37, Darragh accepts and admits openly that he is gay.
Finding the courage to ‘come out’ as a gay man, takes the support of special people. The first encounter with my best friend was a heartfelt, non-judgemental, two hour conversation with her (then a complete stranger), while she sat in the back of my taxi cab in 2009. From that night, our journey as friends began as did my personal journey to inner freedom.
I have had many relationships with women and while I do love women, I always knew something wasn’t right. I could never connect with a women, on that most intimate level. I loved to the best of my ability at the time. I tried to be straight. For my Mom, my family, and my friends...my fear of rejection was strong.
The final step in letting go and accepting myself as a gay man, came through music. It was during the recording of a song I had written about someone else, "Who Am I?" I realized that the time had finally come, when I had to stop running. I am gay.
The whole idea of "coming out" was not something I had given any thought about, but I also knew I could no longer bury that which I had now embraced. The realization and acceptance that I am gay is one thing, but telling others is a whole different ball game. Obviously, the first phone call made was to my best friend, who was, of course, excited and supportive. And much to my
surprise, as I shared my big news with other friends and family, I heard comments such as "it’s about time" and "we’ve been waiting to hear this since High School."
The weeks have now passed by and I am still amazed at the freedom I feel. My message is simple: Be proud of who you are and walk tall. www.thesingingtaxidriver.com
Darragh McGann comes from Ireland where he has built up a reputation and career as an Irish Lyrical Baritone and Singing Taxi Driver. In 1995, Darragh was hired to be a Stand-in and Screen Double for Hollywood Legend Marlon Brando on a movie filmed in Ireland. Darragh has been heard on radio interviews, held concert performances and has had apprearances on television, both in Ireland and in America.
Darragh McGann was featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 2.