There are very few places in the world I could actually comfortably say I could easily live.
I already live in, well, near, one of them: London. The UK’s capital and one of my favourite cities of all time – I’ve made loads of friends here and settled in straight away.
The other UK place I could easily up-roots and move to is Manchester. I have no idea why – I only visited it in 2006 for the first time, but it was such an important part of my life. You see, I was working on the new series of The Price Is Right which was being filmed in Manchester. I had just started in TV and most of the production team were female or gay. For some reason I had kept up the pretence that I was straight – and quite successfully I might add – but then it dawned on me that when the team went out after work, the gays would go out in a group, the girls would go out in a group and I would be left on my own!
So, because of this, I decided to come out, and it was the best decision I ever made. The first person I told was Tim, the floor manager on the show (my TV Dad) and I’ll never forget the first words he said to me: “Welcome to the Fold”. I suddenly felt accepted, a very strange feeling.
Anyway, it led me to spend my summer in the gay village in Manchester and I have to say it was probably one of the best times in my life.
…and the third and final place is New York City. Only discovered this September, and I cannot wait to return and explore more and more of this amazing city. 5 days was just not long enough. I fell in love with the place so much I could easily move there tomorrow and not miss the UK at all. Well, not for a few weeks anyway.
I will probably feel this way about other places I visit as I grow older, but these 3 places will always have that special place in my heart.