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I am enjoying the touching stories and support that I have seen. Perhaps someday we can all stand together and realize that we are not that different after all.
My oldest son is gay, and it was causing him great consternation when he was around 15. He felt "different", and was fully aware (internally) that he was gay. But he also worried about reprisals, etc.
One day everything came to a head, with deteriorating behavior So the wife and I dragged it out of him. It was a turning point for him, so to speak, as he found that his parents basically already knew, and were already standing by him.
A friend of mine and my wifes....he wasn't so lucky. When he "came out" he was in his 20's, and his father shunned him. He killed himself a few years ago. That experience taught us that our sons happiness was far, far more important than us having a grandchild or something.edit on 22-12-2013 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no reason given)edit on 22-12-2013 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no reason given)
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Awesome point! We should take a stand!