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It's National Coming Out Day

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  1. How completely obnoxious.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 11, 2012 7:37:02 AM


  2. Another Hollywood stereotype with limp wrists - how prejudiced and unknowing of reality!

    Posted by: trees | Oct 11, 2012 9:06:30 AM


  3. The only stereotype is the cowboy swagger. This wasn't a gay parody.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Oct 11, 2012 9:19:20 AM


  4. Is it just me, or do the vast majority of people who post comments on Towleroad need to get laid? or therapy. or at least a hug. How is this gif not cute and funny? Could I please help you to direct your amazing ability to be disgusted and angered and more pressing issues? I'd be happy to provide a list of topics and blogs that you can let loose on.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 11, 2012 10:22:37 AM


  5. me: it's national coming out day
    Andrew: i know
    me: should i yell at greg
    Andrew: hahahahahahaha
    me: which is what that day is all about
    militant gays
    Andrew: hahahaha
    me: yelling at their friends for not being totally out to their families or whatever
    coming out is such a personal thing why is there a set day for this?

    Posted by: David in NYC | Oct 11, 2012 10:28:22 AM


  6. What a-hole yells at their friends to make them come out? Now I know why so many people here are angry. You have terrible friends. Coming out IS a personal thing. My personal story is that my mom sorta dragged me out of the closet on National Coming Out Day. Neither of us knew it at the time. After years of struggle and reconnecting, we are closer than ever. We chuckle about this day every year. Sorry if your personal coming out makes you see this day as some evil nazi plan to destroy homosexuals, but that's what's so great about our diversity in this community. We can all be so different, while sharing this one common part of ourselves. Happy National Coming Out Day! I hope you'll support those who are ready to do so, and leave the other folks alone.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 11, 2012 10:33:35 AM


  7. I have been a loooooooooooong time reader of Andy's blog and love the hell out of him for all the great news and info and happiness this blog has given me over the years...This incredibly cute and innocent GIF included. What eludes me is the ever increasing bitter-angry-nasty-ass-saracastic-queen quotient in the comments section. It seems to get worse by the year-- led by some all too predictably angry and self-hating trolls who seem to exist only to spread their misery and hate. It is pathetic and sad that issues affecting our our community are are seldom debated with respect and an "agree-to-disagree" approach, but rather with mean spirited vitriol. As we try to move forward, it is stupid as hell to spend all our time trying to pull each other down...

    Posted by: iawl | Oct 11, 2012 10:54:41 AM


  8. I have been a loooooooooooong time reader of Andy's blog and love the hell out of him for all the great news and info and happiness this blog has given me over the years...This incredibly cute and innocent GIF included. What eludes me is the ever increasing bitter-angry-nasty-ass-saracastic-queen quotient in the comments section. It seems to get worse by the year-- led by some all too predictably angry and self-hating trolls who seem to exist only to spread their misery and hate. It is pathetic and sad that issues affecting our our community are are seldom debated with respect and an "agree-to-disagree" approach, but rather with mean spirited vitriol. As we try to move forward, it is stupid as hell to spend all our time trying to pull each other down...

    Posted by: iawl | Oct 11, 2012 10:54:41 AM


  9. http://youtu.be/_aBCKCLkBg8

    i have a FANTASTIC idea! How about rather than grown-adults pretending this is a "pressure on young at-risk youth to Come Out" you instead be grown-adults for a change and realize that this is a day, one day of many, that you as a grown adult can help open the doors FOR those young at-risk youth?

    Use today to Come Out to those people that you know darn well you've been selectively hoping to "pass for straight" to. That co-worker. That extended family member. All those folks you've been evasive and vague about in regards to your being gay.

    Today, COME OUT to them. Because you're a grown adult, and not an at-risk teen living with bigoted parents in rural blah-blah-ville.

    how about it, eh?

    rather than pretend that you, as a grown adult, can compare your closetedness with that of some 14 year old, you can instead be a man and an adult and Come Out, which will in turn HELP those 14 year olds?

    One of the reasons my coming out to my family went so bloody well was because other gay men and women had made it their business to be Out to people that included my parents. Co-workers. Community members. People in our church.

    Thus, when I came out, there was no "omg, what does this mean?" moment. My parents knew people. They had no reason to be anti-gay.

    SO, trolls and excuse givers, break from your daily traditions of anonymously giving excuses to remain anonymous. You could literally change and save someone's life today by simply doing what the rest of have been doing for years.

    Try it out. Help Out. Come Out.

    http://youtu.be/_aBCKCLkBg8

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 11, 2012 11:26:36 AM


  10. ^ pressure

    Posted by: David in NYC | Oct 11, 2012 11:37:55 AM


  11. Cute! Hmmm... who can I come out to today... Is there ANYONE who doesn't know? Lol.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Oct 11, 2012 11:40:21 AM


  12. there's no such thing as "pressuring adults to come out" when the actual reality is that they're already allowing others to pressure them to Stay In.

    You're adults. You're grown men and women. Stop giving excuses for not helping our youth.

    http://youtu.be/_aBCKCLkBg8

    Very easy ways to be a visible advocate and a visible member of our community. By coming out to a co-coworker you could very well save some kid's life - you never know who in your life or sphere of existence has an LGBT family member and maybe doesn't know it, or know how to react to them. By giving a face to who we are we tear down those barriers. I'm living proof.

    So, thanks to the brave and selfless men and women who made it their business to be Out, in a time far more hateful and unforgiving than my own, who opened the doors for me and saved my life.

    http://youtu.be/_aBCKCLkBg8

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 11, 2012 11:52:10 AM


  13. or, for those who continue to give excuses to not Come Out, even in adulthood:

    "you're welcome"

    on behalf of every other gay and lesbian person who is Out and doing, for you, what you continue to not do for yourself and for others.

    seriously. you're welcome.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 11, 2012 11:57:19 AM


  14. Today is also the anniversary of the death of one of the first radical gay activists: Dr. Frank Kameny

    Posted by: Mark Meinke | Oct 11, 2012 2:22:38 PM


  15. and it's Cleve Jones' Bday :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 11, 2012 3:20:27 PM


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