A SOUTHERN COMING OUT STORY IN 44 EPISODES
BY BRETT TRAPP
 
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Hey guys, this is Brett Trapp, and I'm the creator of Blue Babies Pink, a 44-Episode Southern Coming Out Story.

Towards the end of 2016, I told my story of growing up gay in the Christian south, one post per day for 44 days. Nearly 100,000 people have either read along (or listened) since then. It was an exciting, scary, healing, exhausting process, but I couldn't be more happy with how it turned out. 

I've learned there are things that don't define us, but that are definitely in the definition of us. That's kind of how I view the gay thing. It's just a part.

There's a lot more to the story . . . 


I’m 36 years old and live in Atlanta’s historic Cabbagetown neighborhood.

But this show got started way back in Texas in the '80s . . .

Taking care of business since 1981

Taking care of business since 1981

 
Straight blue chippin' . . .

Straight blue chippin' . . .

 
 
This fishing haul is okay. But that Knight Rider shirt is 💯.

This fishing haul is okay. But that Knight Rider shirt is 💯.

 

I was born in Texas, the son of a Southern Baptist minister. 

Before dad was a preacher, he had guns! And cool cars! And red vinyl interiors! And amazing shirts that I would totally wear now. #rolltide (c. 1974 maybe?)

Before dad was a preacher, he had guns! And cool cars! And red vinyl interiors! And amazing shirts that I would totally wear now. #rolltide (c. 1974 maybe?)

My mom eventually became a teacher, but she was equally as glorious back in the day...

 
Mom was/is a total lady-boss.. And she rocked some pageants . . . 

Mom was/is a total lady-boss.. And she rocked some pageants . . . 

 

Together...they were an unstoppable duo of '70s awesomeness . . .

 
 

Mom & dad had three boys—Brady, Brian, and Brett. I'm the baby . . .

 
This photo ain't no Instagram edit. Back in the day, we got our dust, scratches, filters and frames the hard way . . . at the Olan Mills Studio. 

This photo ain't no Instagram edit. Back in the day, we got our dust, scratches, filters and frames the hard way . . . at the Olan Mills Studio. 

 
CAN'T HOLD ME DOWN, BRADY

CAN'T HOLD ME DOWN, BRADY

Doin' work in those Texas streets . . . er . . . fields . . .

Doin' work in those Texas streets . . . er . . . fields . . .

The Trapp Five were s'cute! Love my family. 

 
That moose. That bow. That lapel, tho. 

That moose. That bow. That lapel, tho. 

 

When I was around 6, we moved to north Alabama so dad could be the pastor at a church there. 

Growing up, we took family vacations to the Southern Baptist Convention, which were more fun than you'd think. 

We joined 18,000 other Southern Baptists in Vegas in 1989. I didn't gamble once. 

We joined 18,000 other Southern Baptists in Vegas in 1989. I didn't gamble once. 

As a teenager, I went to a tiny Christian high school where I played football . . .

Dad was #86 when he played in high school . . . hence the marked up helmet.

Dad was #86 when he played in high school . . . hence the marked up helmet.

And basketball . . .

We won a thing . . .

We won a thing . . .

After high school, I went to college and joined a fraternity. We weren't one of those bad fraternities though. Eventually became the fraternity president. Sometimes we dressed like pirates . . .

Hiro and I after a Step Sing win. 2005, I believe . . .

Hiro and I after a Step Sing win. 2005, I believe . . .

And loaded up the cars and drove 26 hours west to go skiing in Colorado . . .

That's me...WITH THE WORLD'S LARGEST FANNY PACK OMG

That's me...WITH THE WORLD'S LARGEST FANNY PACK OMG

And our fraternity won some awards for doing good things, not being stupid, and being as unstereotypically fraternity-ish as possible. Also, I gave a speech...

Back when my face was skinnier and my ties were fatter! (c. 2004)

Back when my face was skinnier and my ties were fatter! (c. 2004)

After graduating college I joined a fundraising start-up with only three employees. We helped schools do fundraising better. We grew it from $500K in revenue to almost $40 million. I eventually became a Vice President and led a team of creatives. Absolute best job ever, working with the best humans ever . . .

Alwyz v serious at work

Alwyz v serious at work

In August of 2016, I resigned my position to pursue a new calling. I was in corporate America for 11 1/2 years and loved every minute of it. I learned so much about myself and how to lead others. In fact, I spoke at a conference recently where I gave a crazy history lesson, talked about the worst boss ever, and described my incredible boss and how leading with Outrageous Care is a game-changer. 

Today, I'm a consultant, writer, and speaker, living in Atlanta's historic Cabbagetown neighborhood.

A very serious photo wearing black is a requirement for a consultant . . .

A very serious photo wearing black is a requirement for a consultant . . .

Random Nuggs . . .

I believe in the power of storytelling, leadership, good design, Seth Godin, SEC football, Chick-fil-A, Taylor Swift, Tarantino movies, and C.S. Lewis.

My car is always dirty, I'm a slow reader. I hate oatmeal raisin cookies disguised to look like chocolate chip cookies.

I'm an INFP.

I'm very proud of my Uber rider rating. I'm an aspiring minimalist. And I unashamedly smell the cologne pages in GQ.

My kryptonite is Pepsi, Auburn football, bad spelling, and white people dancing at weddings. 

I believe that love can pulverize any hardened or dark thing. I'm a Jesus person. 

I try not to get too worked up about politics and, instead, try to spend my limited energy helping with several nonprofits I'm passionate about. I serve on the boards of directors for Beloved Atlanta and the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

I'm really glad you're here. Stick around a while.

— Brett