Wednesday, September 1, 2010

out and about by richie dalope

by richie dalope

what does coming out feels like? coming out for me is much like rotc. you wake up so early on a sunday morning, feeling a bit squirmish in the gut and whinning to yourself that this should not be required anymore. but when you get to the field and realize that you're not the only gay boy present and that all the cute boys in your batch is also there, you'd start to think that this isn't really that bad at all.

i really wouldn't know what it's like to be in the closet, but i am happy that i am not. no pun intended. i think that for people-like-us (plu's) this is our version of passage to manhood, only a bit more thematic. this is the point when we learn to accept who we really are and take pride on what it is to be gay. personally i feel more confident to interact with classmates and colleagues knowing that they are aware of my preference. i think it would have been different if they didn't know. there would always be a question lingering at the back of my head if they would be as amiable if they do.

i think that it could also be awkward and tiring for our straight friends to make an extra effort just to be politically correct and not rattle us out of our closet. so i believe that being out is the same as being honest not only to yourself but also to the people around you. and it is said that honesty is the best policy.

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