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Gay Man Comes Out of the Closet With Some Help From His Dachshund: VIDEO


YouTube user Ivan Cruz lived his life in the closet until he was inspired, in part, by his pet dachshund Thor to come out and tell his family and friends about his sexual orientation. Now, Cruz has shared his story with the world. It is a true testament to the power pets have and the small ways they can support us, with unconditional love, through the toughest times in our lives.

The video's description reads:

I never imagined the day I'd come out. For a long time, I lived in the same fear that many others currently live in. With the help of my best-four-legged-friend, Thor, I decided to make this video and share my coming out story. A big thanks to all the brave people on here who have taken the time to share their own coming out stories and that have inspired me to do the same. 

This is my story. Enjoy.

Watch Ivan and Thor's story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Okay, even I'll admit that's sweet. My dog insists.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Jan 29, 2014 9:12:40 AM

  2. So cute, I can't take it! :-)

    Posted by: Marc | Jan 29, 2014 9:18:12 AM

  3. bawling

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 29, 2014 9:21:57 AM

  4. One day we will all be just human beings and not have to label each other to justify our existence. One day we will just be.

    Posted by: John | Jan 29, 2014 9:28:49 AM

  5. That was sweet!

    Posted by: Theo | Jan 29, 2014 9:33:51 AM

  6. Even my cat liked it.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 29, 2014 9:42:29 AM

  7. Cynical walls broken down by adorable dachshund! Loved it! Bawled. Very sweet!

    Posted by: AJ | Jan 29, 2014 9:53:59 AM

  8. Brought tears to my eyes..... so sweet.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 29, 2014 9:59:06 AM

  9. So incredibly cute. If you are a dog lover, this one's for you.

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jan 29, 2014 10:04:10 AM

  10. Excellent video.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 29, 2014 10:12:49 AM

  11. Thanks for posting this Andy, a few tears on a Wed morning is OK Good luck to Ivan & Thor.

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 29, 2014 10:51:55 AM

  12. Damned dachshund! Always did know how to melt my heart. Wonderful (if just a teeny little bit too long. The video, not the dachshund).

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 29, 2014 11:33:57 AM

  13. Ivan and Thor are both adorable. Dogs are one of the best things in the world.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | Jan 29, 2014 11:49:10 AM

  14. This is very nice. But I don't need to see anymore handsome men like the one in this video (young ones) today. I had to walk across campus to cancel a class. Oh, Lord, all these young college men look soooooo good--even the ones who haven't showered. It's excruciating.

    Posted by: Derrrick from Philly | Jan 29, 2014 11:49:31 AM

  15. I have a dachshund (a little female) that's just like Thor. Amazing how the smallest thing in the world can have the biggest heart.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jan 29, 2014 12:00:29 PM

  16. Very cute indeed. I just wish #towleroad wasn't so into the physical appearance and more into the stories...haven't you noticed how every story they post the guys are scruff and hunk looking? ...The Plastic Myth. No, I'm not ugly, and I also like scruffy cute guys....I was Just making a point.

    Posted by: Bosie | Jan 29, 2014 12:11:48 PM

  17. That was all kinds of adorable.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Jan 29, 2014 1:57:29 PM

  18. adoooorable!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 29, 2014 1:57:56 PM

  19. This is sweet

    But tonight, while we sleep...

    There are kids on the street
    who's parents sent away
    hundreds of thousands of them in the USA alone.

    We need to DO something about it !

    Posted by: JustSayin' | Jan 29, 2014 3:33:42 PM

  20. Yes, tears came to my eyes, too. Very sweet.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jan 29, 2014 3:54:09 PM

  21. adogable sweet.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jan 29, 2014 4:41:44 PM

  22. Oh gaahhdd. That was cute.

    Posted by: Thomas | Jan 29, 2014 5:17:24 PM

  23. That video is so creative and well done. It is emotionally moving. AWESOME!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 29, 2014 5:19:45 PM

  24. This middle-aged heterosexual woman is bawling her eyes out (in a nice way).

    For what it's worth, every one of you has my full, unconditional support. Always.


    Posted by: Just Stopping By | Jan 29, 2014 7:42:20 PM

  25. I want a dog just like Thor! Beautiful video by the way...loved it!

    Posted by: Denis | Jan 29, 2014 10:13:40 PM

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