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Coming Out Stories Gallery - Brett

You know everyone of us have skeletons in the closet, and for the first 18 years of my life i found myslef standing next to the skeleton too afraid to move. It wasnt until i went to college at the Universtiy of Oklahoma that I began to realize that if i kept hiding in the closet that i would be miserable for the rest of my life. By the time i went to college I was no stranger to the gay lifestyle. I had a friend who from the time we were 11 had been messign around, I think that at the age 13 we had our first really sexual experience. It was one of those unspoken things that was never discussed, never talked about, and most deffinetly never referred to as GAY! So like I said when i went to college it was the perfect opportunity for me to act on the impulses that i felt so strongly. It took me 7 months to tell a soul, and when i did it wasnt one of my friends that i had attended high school with, it was one of my fraternity brothers, yes i am in a frat, anyways imagaine my surprise when he said "It's cool i am too" thus our frinedship got stronger. Then it came time to start telling friends I had go ne to High School with, the first of which was the very guy I used to have sex with, he surprising did not take it well, I guess if i was gay then there was a chance that he could be too. Then came my very best friend in the world Ruby, she loved and is very supportive to this day, then something snapped in me it was like a flood gate opened i wanted to tell everyone. This which include my Southern Baptist parents who did not take it well, my advice to you in this type of situation: be well read, be ready to have to got to therapy, and try to understand their point-of-view. NAyways it lead to a big source of conflict between my parents and myself which is still very evident today. i guess what i would like to say is, coming out is a exilerating process, but make sure when you do it you dont rush into, and for the love of god make sure you are emotionally stable enough to deal with what ever coems your way.

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