NCF alum Thomas Knight reflects on his experiences as a gay man in academia

From Alligator org, June 29, 2020

Thomas Knight’s hands rested on the steering wheel of his Saab Convertible, but his mind was elsewhere.

As he drove away from Tampa’s International Plaza shopping center in 2003, a fleeting thought developed into a revelation. His reality was suddenly clear. Knight called a good friend and spoke his truth for the first time.

“It just, at some point, became second nature,” he said. “I have dark curly hair. I’m gay.”

Over the next two years, he shared the news with his friends and three sisters. It wasn’t until three years after the first phone call that he told his parents.

Read the rest of Thomas’ story here.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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