Defining Fairness: Walter W. Walker II
Walter W. Walker II has lived in Louisville since his family moved here in 1986. Here's how he describes himself:"Honestly, I would say I'm Walter. I think that everyone is different, everyone has their own identity, everyone's unique, and I think that I'm a unique person. I do consider myself an African American, a Christian, a Presbyterian, and also a gay man. When you put yourself in these boxes and you start labeling, you know, being African American you're going to experience the African-American experience. Being gay, you're going to experience the gay experience. When I was younger, before I did come out, I was living in those boxes. So as I matured, as I got older, as I got comfortable with myself and started loving myself for who I am, I've kind of stepped away from those categories. And that's the reason why I say, I'm just Walter."Walter Walker spoke with WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey and Laura Ellis as part of this month's Defining Fairness series. You can listen to the interview here. Walter begins by talking about why some LGBTQ African Americans might choose to remain in the closet.