Breaking Free: A Saga of Self-Discovery by a Gay Secret Service Agent, authored by Cory Allen, is the latest release from Buffalo-based NFB Publishing.
Breaking Free is a deeply personal, yet candid saga of a gay Secret Service Agent during the Obama era, an agent who was struggling with his own identity, marriage and discrimination while balancing the demands that accompany being assigned to protect the most powerful people in the world.
Allen delivers an amusing view into his adventurous life with cultural references, twists and turns of his relationships, and an inside look into his life as a gay Special Agent in a hyper-masculine career field. Through intense self-reflection he recounts the impact it had on his life and the hardships imposed by a career in the spotlight.
At the pinnacle of his career, he left the Secret Service to restart his life in California and begin the process of finally being his own person. Struggling to break free from social norms, creating his identity apart from his all-consuming profession and learning to listen to intuition are at the heart of the memoir.