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THANK YOU, MICHAEL RAITT

Good afternoon Michael,

I just finished reading your article in the Seattle Gay News, "Choose to live: GLBTQ youth and suicide." I am truly impressed with what you had to say and hope that you continue to reach out to young Gay people. I am 62 years old and I distinctly remember my many struggles with being homosexual during my teen and young adult years. I can testify that I am very happy and have been very blessed to have lived my life by being who I am versus who I am not. Had I gone in the direction of living my life (get married, have babies) that was being mandated by my family and society, I'm sure the contemplations of suicide I had back then would have been successful. Had those contemplations come to fruition, I would not have known the joy of fulfillment and contentment I am experiencing today. The price of being who I am came with a lot of difficult choices and high consequences, but I am glad I made and paid them.

Throughout my life, I've wanted to work with teens and young people who are curious about their sexuality or know they are Gay, but life did not seem to direct me along that path. I envy your station in life and hope you continue to work with young people and help them overcome the hurdles that life will throw in their way. I'm sure you will reap many a reward for your efforts and hard work. Please continue.

Zane T. Van Kirk



THINGS HAVE CHANGED


Congratulations to Ricky Martin, plus numerous entertainers and sports personalities for addressing their sexuality openly. What a change!

For years many Gay people lived in total fear of being recognized publically except with their close friends. Living in the closet was not an exception for many of us who feared being discovered by parents, extended family members, business associates, and infrequent dates with women.

Today is totally different, with Gay people no longer hiding their sexuality, but demanding equal political representation politically and statewide. So I am Gay! I do not have to hide anymore.

Hopefully the young Gays will stand up for their rights with their elder compatriots, making the world a better place for all of us whether we are Gay, straight, or otherwise. We have a long way to go, but together our pride in ourselves will help us move forward without retreating to our closets.

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