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  •  What a load of crap (19+ / 0-)

    Maybe you live in a different country than I do, but where I live is not only very homophobic, it also does it's best to convince people that they are straight unless proven otherwise. There are a lot of people who go through years or even decades of soul searching before realizing that they are gay. Not to mention the fact that not everyone who is gay knows that it's not a choice. Look at how much propaganda there is out there.

    For you to sit there and attack them is disgusting and harmful. Blame our society that pushed gay men into the closet and not the victims of the oppression. This is the worst sort of victim blaming.

    If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

    by AoT on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:59:43 PM PDT

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    •  I spent 12 years trying so hard to be straight (18+ / 0-)

      And, yes, I failed to inform girls who wanted to date me. I thought I could change. This is disastrous for gays, and unfair to girls that think they have a boyfriend. I'm not all that much older than this basketball player; he knows that his action will save younger gays from the hell he and I went through.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:56:44 PM PDT

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      •  I had quite a few male friends (3+ / 0-)
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        in high school who later came out as gay, and quite a few female friends who dated them in high school or college before they came out. Luckily, the girls were VERY understanding, and to a one, some 20 years later, they are all still friends with their gay exes. They may have been disappointed, but they were more supportive than they were angry. I know it gets more complicated if men are older when they come out - they may even have married and had kids - but again, it sometimes works out in a friendly manner.

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