Man Writes Touching Apology Letter To Gay Couple He Taunted 20 Years Ago

  • metta

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    Oct 26, 2015 8:53 PM GMT
    Man Writes Touching Apology Letter To Gay Couple He Taunted 20 Years Ago

    “Dear young gay couple in 1993,” it begins. “You were sitting together on the curb near the entrance of Worlds of Fun. I was walking in with my church youth group. I was 17 and bigoted, taught that you were wrong and sinful.”

    “As we walked away I felt a prick of shame,” the man confesses. “Outwardly I had acted as if it was you who should be ashamed, but for over 20 years it has been me who carries this shame. I’m writing this today to apologize for my behavior.”

    The man goes on to say he is “so sorry” for ruining their special moment together and for treating them as second class citizens.

    “I want you to know that shortly after this youth group trip I entered college and my whole world changed,” he writes. “My learned bias and my belief in homosexuality as a sin was flipped upside down as I was exposed to new people and new ideas. I have walked away from the religion that taught me to hate.”

    “Wherever you are,” he concludes, “I hope you’re each still sitting close with a loved one and living a wonderful life.”

    “I looked over to see you together, relaxed and confident, and I said out loud, ‘Ewww gross.'”



    http://www.queerty.com/man-writes-touching-apology-letter-to-gay-couple-he-taunted-20-years-ago-20151026
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 27, 2015 12:51 PM GMT
    I would love to see that decrepit, right wing hag, Anita Bryant do the exact same thing to the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community at large by issuing a public apology on public airwaves nationwide and owing up to her horrendous wrongdoing in Miami in the late 70s which later was fanned out to a large part of the U.S. during the late 70s.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 27, 2015 4:20 PM GMT
    Nice that the man felt he needed to "repent", but who knows if the couple are still together, or alive for that matter.

    I would have liked to have heard how the man is using his shame to make meaningful change with regard to his acceptance by reaching out in a good way to LGBT folks.
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    Oct 27, 2015 11:20 PM GMT
    He said "Ewww gross." If that ruined their entire day...

    It was very big of him to apologize. That's good enough by me.
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    Nov 05, 2015 1:13 PM GMT
    To the letter writer: I was touched by this gesture and while I wasn't one the victims in this case I just want to say I accept your apology on behalf of, well, me.....