The Road to Jennifer

by longformphilly


Tommy Rowan | Metro Philadelphia | June 2014

Brian Lydon’s leg bounced underneath his desk. He pulled on his pinstriped suit jacket and ran his fingers through his slicked-back hair.

“I want to thank everyone in advance for hanging out after the meeting to hear what I have to say,” he began. His hands started to shake as he rubbed his eyes. “I would like to share something of a personal nature with all of you. In fact, I now feel as though I need to share this with you.”

Around 3:30 p.m. on March 19, the 48-year-old Metro ad salesman and Northeast Philadelphia native would reveal his true self to 40 colleagues — some of whom he’s worked with for 14 years.

In the glass-enclosed conference room on the 14th floor, overlooking Philadelphia’s City Hall, Lydon’s co-workers gathered for the monthly staff meeting in order to acknowledge birthdays, milestones and Employees of the Month.

In an unusual aside, Metro’s Human Resources Director Andrey Harmaty offered a quick presentation on diversity in the workplace. “OK, Brian, did you want to say something?” asked Harmaty, when he was done.
Lydon pointed: “Can you close the door?”

Writer bio: Tommy Rowan is a native of Northeast Philadelphia and graduate of Temple University. He wrote for the Easton Express-Times and Metro Philadelphia before joining Philadelphia Media Network in 2015.

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