My story in the New York Times coming out feature

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    May 30, 2011 10:25 AM GMT
    You know that big feature the New York Times did on coming out? I submitted my story (this was a 1st draft, nothing fancy) and it turns out they posted it. I wasn't sure if putting my name out there was the right call, but then I realized, why come out if you can't be honest with everyone? That would kinda defeat the entire purpose of it... so anyway, here it is.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/05/23/us/20110523-coming-out.html#story/user_story_107
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    May 30, 2011 10:31 AM GMT
    Good for youicon_smile.gif Nice story too.
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    May 30, 2011 10:39 AM GMT
    Wow that's like a side of you we never see here: composed, dignified, almost classic prose.
    Good job.icon_cool.gif
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    May 30, 2011 10:41 AM GMT
    Congrats, that was an excellent read
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    May 30, 2011 11:01 AM GMT
    Well done FTF - I too was impressed with your openness and sincerity throughout the piece. icon_smile.gif
  • BardBear

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    May 30, 2011 11:07 AM GMT
    Very well done. You should be proud. Who knows who will read this and take the needed steps to go in the right direction.

    Peace,
    Bardy
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    May 30, 2011 11:09 AM GMT
    Brave story and very nicely written. Congratulations on all possible fronts.
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    May 30, 2011 11:26 AM GMT
    coming out is a hard thing to express on paper and yet you did so very well, and with brevity. well done and congrats on getting it published
  • ads80

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    May 30, 2011 11:33 AM GMT
    Excellent story FTF! Well written and bound to help a lot of people.

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    May 30, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    Awww Fear that was a cute story. I bet that helps a lot of kids who are having issues coming out.
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    May 30, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
    Congrats dude!

    xx
  • baldone

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    May 30, 2011 12:07 PM GMT
    awesome job and congrats....may it help the thousands of kids out there
    not to be ashamed of themselves, and not to fear coming out and not to make the mistake of doing what other people would expect....will save a world of hurt to those affected
  • monet

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    May 30, 2011 12:13 PM GMT
    Great job, Rob.
  • slimnmuscly

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    May 30, 2011 12:22 PM GMT
    It's a really nice piece -- very compassionate toward your parents -- and it's included in an amazing package. And the fact that it took guts to sign your name makes it even sweeter. This is something you'll always be glad you took part in. Congratulations.
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    May 30, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    Not bad youcruiseyoulose, but personally, I prefer that picture of your arse.
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    May 30, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    ditto the previous posters. It was a good job.
  • CAtoFL

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    May 30, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
    Inspiring. Well done, FTF.
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    May 30, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    That's a great story! Good job Rob!
  • TheIStrat

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    May 30, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    Good job
  • darryaz

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    May 30, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    Nicely done. Congrats.
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    May 30, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    Congrats man! That was a good read, glad to see your mom came around.
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    May 30, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    best quote from your essay went something like this..."Stay strong in your character and let people come to terms and accept you for who you are...and then they may eventually come around." It's about integrity, I feel, and it's a tough lesson to learn.
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    May 30, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    Thank you for sharing your story
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 30, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    Add me to the column of "pleasantly surprised" --- and very impressed. Here's to hoping you apply some of the same heart and sincerity you showed in writing that piece to your posts here at RJ. Definitely would be a positive thing to see more of that side of you. Good job!
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 30, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    I was a little surprised as well, pleasantly so. Your last paragraph is outstanding. Congrats for the effort and putting together thoughts that anybody
    should appreciate!