The Coming Out Meme

This has been making the rounds of the blogs I read so I thought that maybe I should help propagate it.

Name: Tony

Country: United States

Age: 46

How old were you when you first realized you were gay? 14 years old.

Do you have more gay friends or straight friends? Mixed actually.

Biggest turn on? A cute face.

Biggest turn off? Incompetence.

Ever been harassed due to your orientation? No I haven’t. I have had the ability to master the look that says “Don’t start none, there won’t be none.” I think I’ve mentioned it before.

Have you ever been surprised at the reaction of people who know you are gay? No, most people knew already.

What is the worst gay stereotype? That we’re all screaming queens. I’m quite the antithesis of that.

Are you a stereotype? Just an average guy.

Ever been to a pride rally? A whole bunch of them. Actually marched in one too.

Do you go to gay bars? Not really my type of environment.

How old were you when you first told someone you were gay? 23, I was a late bloomer.

Did you plan it? If so, how? Wasn’t planned.

What made you choose that person to tell? They asked

How did you feel? Pretty good. It meant I had nothing to fear.

Have you ever been snubbed by someone after coming out to them? No.

Have you come out to your family? Yes

Why did you come out at that point? My father actually asked me if I was gay. No point in hiding the truth at that time so I answered in the affirmative.

Are you out at work? To some but not all. It’s on a case by case basis.

If you’ve been outed unwillingly, who did it? It was willingly

What does being out mean to you? Just being me

What advice would you give someone wanting to come out? Do it when you feel you’re ready for it. And I can tell you, it’s probably going to be a relief once you tell someone.

If you could do it all again, would you do it any differently? I would have come out much sooner.

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