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November 6th, 2008

meetings on trains, and @ 01:55 am

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Date:November 6th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Late in adolescence, I saw a news/educational film reel meant for young boys to see: The announcer showed moving pictures of harmless-looking 30-something-year-old guys. "Paul has a sickness," the narrator intoned ominously. The film reel went on to describe homosexuality, that sick, sick perversion that ruins lives and destroys families.

The phrase that sticks with me to this day, read by the straight announcer: "Homosexuals crave danger. They must have illegal excitement at any cost." As an adult now, I think about that. Do I crave danger? Does seeking out company, attention, comfort comprise the same thing as living a life filled with danger?

I would probably correct that long-dead announcer now. My answer would be: Some homosexuals have the nerve to want to live fully. They demand proof that they are alive. And I think that is you, in this plane. I wonder how many people would have the guts to live as honestly and exposed as you do?

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