Caslon12000 saidIt's a shame that 'coming out' has to be so traumatic. Maybe the next generation will have it better. I doubt I will be around to see it.
Congrats first off!
I agree with you Cas that it is a real shame that coming out is even still in existence - it's like admitting you are left-handed (which I am too! haha)
I have always held the belief that it is those who came before us that have helped us to be better accepted into the wider community.
When I came out, it was hard - not so rare that it wasn't expected, but still with a shame stigma attached.
My parents cried and wailed because I wouldn't produce grand-children. That mentality seems antiquated now!
In my years, I have helped many young gay men accept and embrace their sexuality, through my work and through my friendships. In that time, I have also noticed a general trend toward acceptance from most parts of the community. In my opinion, this is because of the work that I, and those before me, have done toward making homosexuality more visible and realistic.
I truly believe that in one or two generations time, being gay will not even make straight people bat an eyelid. The 70's gay pride movement will be remembered fondly, but with the same kind of guilty pleasure that their fashion is now.
Just my thoughts...