I’ve been thinking about this (inspired by a Pit thread from a while back) and thought I’d share with you an experience that changed my life forever. Please forgive me if I ramble a little bit, I’ll try to keep it fairly short and on point.
As I was growing up, I did not have the opportunity to know any openly homesexual people. I’m sure I knew some who were in the closet, but they obviously didn’t feel comfortable letting me know (I don’t really blame them for this considering my attitude back then). All I knew about homosexuals was that they were icky, wierd, disgusting perverts who didn’t like who they were supposed to like. My ignorance continued until I was eighteen and went to college.
At college, I made several new friends and the circle of friends I joined included a guy I’ll call Fred for purposes of this story. Fred was openly (and somewhat flamingly) homesexual. He had come out recently and wasn’t ashamed to be who he was meant to be. I had never met anyone like Fred before and was struck by the fact that he was smart, happy, funny, and a normal person just like me. It also turned out later that he had a huge crush on me, which to my suprise didn’t freak me out like I thought it would. He was just a normal guy, like the rest of us, he played video games, partied, RPG’d, and was a pretty darn good shot at basketball. The only difference was that he found men attractive while I preferred women.
We had a lot of fun and he was one of the most faithful friends I have ever had. I very much regret that I have lost contact with him over the years. Fred completely changed the way I thought of homosexuals, I no longer thought of them as freaks…just people.
So, Dopers, please share with me if you have any stories about how meeting a homosexual person has changed your life. It can be positive or negative, just please open a Pit thread if flaming (of the bad sort ;)) is in order. I know some good stories are out there, don’t be shy.
P.S. I’m a night shift person (for now) so don’t think I’ve abandoned the thread…I’m just sleeping.