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Coming Out Stories Gallery - Brian Fairbanks

I first suspected that I was gay when I was about 10 years old, before I even knew that gay meant homosexual. Not that it mattered--I had no idea what a homosexual was either. Later, as I reached puberty, I found out what a homosexual was, at least what mainstream society thought a homosexual was, and soon realized that, yes, I was gay. This revelation was not traumatic at all. I accepted my homosexuality, even delighted in it, but kept quiet about it knowing that others would not. However, I never attempted to pretend I was heterosexual either. I didn't date girls or feign an interest in Playboy and its centerfolds, nor did I tell "fag" jokes to convince others that I was straight like them. Eventually, I began to be more and more open about my sexual orientation. I very casually checked gay books out of the public library, bought gay magazines at mainstream bookstores, and nonchalantly read gay periodicals and newspapers in public places, often observing those who noticed me snicker or do a double take (a gasp was occasionally heard, as well). In time, I was "out." I didn't make an announcement to anyone but I no longer denied or attempted to hide the fact that I was gay. Some think that an announcement is needed, and in the case of public figures, I think it is recommended, but an announcement suggests that homosexuality is somehow unnatural. Of course, it is not. It is perfectly natural and, therefore, it should be treated as though it is natural. I am gay. I am glad to be gay.

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