To this man, thank you. Thank you for saying this. This is my motivation for being out and proud and loud publically: for all the other kids being treated like shit for who they are and what they can't control. It's the reason I pushed to have a "Diversity club" started in my private Catholic highschool even after I graduated and I knew there was no chance in it being a support group for me.
I just wish I could be more optimistic about this article, in thinking that this would actually change anything. But at the very least it affected me very deeply, and I hope it touches others as well. I've made this post public because I believe this needs to be seen by all who may happen upon this journal.