A personal announcement, emphatic thank-you, and cheers to Fedora.

Man, Fedora even comes out of the closet like a jerkface. Way to threadjack!
Seriously, that must have been really hard and I cannot imagine having to try and go through this. I hope all of your RL friends and family will be as supportive as your friends here.

+1 to all the good vibes, and I'm glad I am part of this awesome community!

Internet high fives and hugs all around.

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Cool, guys.

Congrats Mike and Fedora! I will just plus one all the stuff above. Like others have said if you need anything you know how to get a hold of me.

On a side note: You would be the first person I consider a "close friend" who is openly gay. If it wasn't for this site I don't know that my reaction would be positive. This site has taught me that most of the beliefs I was brought up with are just wrong.

I really haven't processed this fully but, I 'm definitely in the "...maky, so?" camp; which I guarantee wouldn't have been my reaction 2.5 years ago when I joined.

I'm so happy for both of you guys! You're in good company here. If we played some small part in your becoming more fully yourselves, I feel like the last nine years have been well spent. Thanks for sharing and letting us know you better. We're all richer for it.

So cool. I'm happy for you guys, coming out is a big deal. I sort of wish it wasn't, but every person who steps forward makes it easier for the next one. Witness this very thread!

Certis wrote:

You're in good company here.

Says the man with the "Pillow of Heterosexuality".

Hey, I heard Sands was a grabby sleeper. That was self-defence.

+1 to everything here. Congratulations and well done on becoming more true to yourselves, which is not always easy in this world.

Kudos to both of you for finding the strength to be who you are and let everyone know it. If you have not done so, yet, I encourage you to talk to your family about it. They may already "know" but I can tell you that it is important for them to know that you love them enough and trust them enough to talk about this with them. I've 'known' that my brother was gay for years but we never spoke about it (not my place to bring it up). While we had a good relationship before, and it's been strengthened with his coming out. I know it was tough for him (took him at least 20 years) but I'm glad he did it. I can't guarantee how it will turn out for either of you but I hope you feel you can talk to your family and that it is as liberating as your post here.

I'm really happy for you guys that you have found a place you are comfortable coming out. It's an important enough thing that my wife and I somehow passed this idea on to our daughter, who is running an Ally table at her high school this week. One of the first groups she joined when she got to high school was Gay/Straight Alliance. The idea that she sought this out on her own makes us really proud. She was proudly wearing her GSA bracelet today.

October 17-21 is Ally week. So this is an excellent time for not only gays and lesbians to come out, but more importantly, those of us that are straight to help make our communities a positive place for these disclosures. It is awesome that GWJ is already that kind of community.

Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

So glad you could share, guys. That much closer to a Team Rainbow in TF2.

Rubb Ed wrote:

Y'know, contrary to popular belief, when someone comes out, a unicorn does not fart glitter. Just sayin'. ;)

I am disappoint.

I got a wee bit overwhelmed just reading some of these posts. You're both great people and I'm glad to have been even a tiny part of a community that you both trust enough to announce this to.

It is a shame that it has to be a big deal at all in the first place, but...

Brennil wrote:

but every person who steps forward makes it easier for the next one. Witness this very thread!

Clearly, this is truth. Big ups to both of you guys.

LouZiffer wrote:

"S'alright, Captain. We always knew you were a whoopsie."

That's such a great movie.

You will always be the guy that pwns me in TF2...and, going forward, the happier guy that pwns me in TF2. Congratulations to you (and Fedora).

This is an awesome thread. +1 congratulations to Mike and Fedora.

This is why I like lurking here.
Congratulations, guys.

Hey guys, congrats on this! I work in the heart of San Francisco at an art school, so being a straight male I am in the minority (no joke!). And good timing, with last Tuesday being National Coming Out day. We noticed that this year, more than most, very few of our students (again, a LARGE percentage of them are gay/lesbian) had no idea that it was NCOD. This is a good sign in that so many people are so comfortable being who they are and being accepted for it. It's been said, but I'll reiterate: we have an amazing community here. I've rarely felt as comfortable as I have when I've been in the company of other GWJers.

Certis wrote:

Hey, I heard Sands was a grabby sleeper. That was self-defence.

Define the term "Grabby sleeper" for us.

I just wanted to say that I am happy for each of you. This thread makes me glad to be a member of such a welcoming community.

Man, I think it says a lot about this community that anybody would be willing to post something so personal on here.
Seriously though, huge props. Not on the whole sexuality thing (I don't really care either way), but on having the courage to come out so openly. I understand from people with more experience than me that it's quite the strugglel

With the utmost of sincerity, I am really proud of and for you guys.

I'd tell you that you have an entire community behind your decision to come out and cheering for you, but I think you've already seen it in action.

You know, being here for this takes the edge off missing International Goodjer Day. I mean, only here can two guys can find a comfortable environment to express who they are to people they hardly know around the world. Only at GWJ can gay, straight, employed, unemployed, fan of an over .500 football team, and fan of an under .500 football team can come together in common geekhood.

Congratulations on a big step forward, guys. It's a time for celebration!

This is easily one of the coolest things I've seen on the internet. Way to go guys.

To be honest, it irritates me that this should even be an issue. Telling people that "I'm homosexual" should be about as shocking as telling people that "I have a thing for brunettes." I don't get it. I don't even think that any form of the word 'admission' should be used in this context, as it smacks of guilt. Maybe 'informing' is a better term.

That said, I know that there are enough bigots out there to make sure that it is an issue, and therefore it takes some courage to tell folks that you're homosexual. So as someone who is a member of the gay-straight alliance by virtue of being bewildered that anyone could have any issue with someone else's between one-or-more-consenting-adults sexuality, let me add my voice to the chorus of congratulations.

There is no freedom like the freedom of facing the world as one truly is and intends to be forevermore.

Coldstream wrote:

To be honest, it irritates me that this should even be an issue. Telling people that "I'm homosexual" should be about as shocking as telling people that "I have a thing for brunettes." I don't get it. I don't even think that any form of the word 'admission' should be used in this context, as it smacks of guilt. Maybe 'informing' is a better term.

That said, I know that there are enough bigots out there to make sure that it is an issue, and therefore it takes some courage to tell folks that you're homosexual. So as someone who is a member of the gay-straight alliance by virtue of being bewildered that anyone could have any issue with someone else's between one-or-more-consenting-adults sexuality, let me add my voice to the chorus of congratulations.

There is no freedom like the freedom of facing the world as one truly is and intends to be forevermore.

Yeh, the reason that stuff like this now impresses me is that I only really realised this year that people being homosexual isn't totally normal to everyone. I'm pretty sure PhoenixRev's work in the Proposition 8. thread played a large part in it, so shot to him as well as Mike and Fedora.

I'm smiling so big right now. I just can't help it.