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

Trachalio wrote:

OK. I said it on twitter and it bears repeating on here:

We have a 7 page thread of support for two of our members that had the courage to come out of the closet AND NOT ONE OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE MADE A FINGER -> BUTT JOKE YET!

Son, I am dissapoint. ;)

NSMike's Finger ----> Fedora's Butt

Better?

Man I love this place.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
Trachalio wrote:

OK. I said it on twitter and it bears repeating on here:

We have a 7 page thread of support for two of our members that had the courage to come out of the closet AND NOT ONE OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE MADE A FINGER -> BUTT JOKE YET!

Son, I am dissapoint. ;)

NSMike's Finger ----> Fedora's Butt

Better? ;)

Set that dream aside, man. Mike already said it ain't happenin'.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
KrazyTacoFO wrote:
Trachalio wrote:

OK. I said it on twitter and it bears repeating on here:

We have a 7 page thread of support for two of our members that had the courage to come out of the closet AND NOT ONE OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE MADE A FINGER -> BUTT JOKE YET!

Son, I am dissapoint. ;)

NSMike's Finger ----> Fedora's Butt

Better? ;)

Set that dream aside, man. Mike already said it ain't happenin'.

Fedora's Finger ----> NSMike's Butt?

wordsmythe wrote:

We are honored by your trust.

Congratulations.

Indeed. I'm incredibly happy, proud, and honored that you chose to share this here. I wish you both the best.

NSMike wrote:
SallyNasty wrote:

Have you guys told your family?

No. I'm going to start working my way down from the most likely to be accepting and supportive down to those hardest to tell, hopefully building some allies along the way.

Sorry to hear this. It's brave enough to tell the GWJ community, but to tell your friends and family -- that must be hard. Best of luck man.

I just don't understand why it has to be a big deal to begin with.

Awesome thread, btw, and awesome community!

Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:

Happiness is a warm "gun".

Should have used the wink smiley.

This thread made me useless at work all day today, and has been the best thing to happen to me in a long time.

I can't thank you all enough for the support. If there were a "tears of joy" emoticon on this site, it'd go here.

Nobody has confirmed whether or not I can still hate Fedora. I would just go on hating him, but as a general rule, I do the opposite of what Nathanial does. Quite the pickle.

Grenn wrote:

Nobody has confirmed whether or not I can still hate Fedora. I would just go on hating him, but as a general rule, I do the opposite of what Nathanial does. Quite the pickle.

You can hate Fedora, you just can't hate Fedora for being gay.

Awesome and courageous move Mike and Fedora... I think that makes it time for .... BattleShots!!
IMAGE(http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee426/Lasherthecat/US%20trip%202011/P1030176-1.jpg?t=1318976655)
No intention to steal attention... just thought this was the perfect invitation to Battleshots...

Grenn wrote:

Nobody has confirmed whether or not I can still hate Fedora. I would just go on hating him, but as a general rule, I do the opposite of what Nathanial does. Quite the pickle.

Yes hating Fedora for hating Fedora is ok, just need to be wary of the hate crime tag.

I have quite the same conundrum, I like Nathaniel, but not on my LoL team.
Fedora is on mute but he gets kills.

Hrmmmm.

Lasherthecat wrote:

Awesome and courageous move Mike and Fedora... I think that makes it time for .... BattleShots!!
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No intention to steal attention... just thought this was the perfect invitation to Battleshots...

One of you two were gonna manage to find a way to get a picture in this thread.

Congrats, guys! Very happy to hear you're each happy! I cannot even begin to relate to the trials and emotions you've gone through/are going through/will go through, but I can say that I am proud of you both and your convictions. And also very happy to be part of a community that fosters such a sense of camaraderie that we all can be comfortable enough to make such announcements here!

All I'd like to add, other than the customary hugs and congrats to both you guys, was that I saw this thread late last night before bed (like really late) and was heartwarmed and edified by the support the community was giving NSMike on page 1...

...only to come home a day later (no access at school, sadly) and see eight frigging pages of support! Haven't seen that much daily movement outside of a Catch-All on new release day.

Regardless, awesome all around, for all the reasons already covered, and only adding my voice to the chorus.

Huge congrats and admiration to Mike and Fedora. Cheers to all.

Trachalio wrote:

OK. I said it on twitter and it bears repeating on here:

We have a 7 page thread of support for two of our members that had the courage to come out of the closet AND NOT ONE OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE MADE A FINGER -> BUTT JOKE YET!

Son, I am dissapoint. ;)

I like to think of Finger -> Butt as an equal opportunity manuever. No need to pull that one out prematurely. Wait until they ask for advice on a first date.

RSPaulette wrote:

All I'd like to add, other than the customary hugs and congrats to both you guys, was that I saw this thread late last night before bed (like really late) and was heartwarmed and edified by the support the community was giving NSMike on page 1...

...only to come home a day later (no access at school, sadly) and see eight frigging pages of support! Haven't seen that much daily movement outside of a Catch-All on new release day.

Regardless, awesome all around, for all the reasons already covered, and only adding my voice to the chorus.

Yeh, eight pages in 22 hours sure seems like a lot.

Woo Grats and hugs to you both!

Oh yeah, Fedora came out too, eh?

Well you're also still just Fedora to me.

With all that entails.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
Trachalio wrote:

OK. I said it on twitter and it bears repeating on here:

We have a 7 page thread of support for two of our members that had the courage to come out of the closet AND NOT ONE OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE MADE A FINGER -> BUTT JOKE YET!

Son, I am dissapoint. ;)

NSMike's Finger ----> Fedora's Butt

Better? ;)

Well if we're doing crass jokes I'm sure there's one about wearing Fedora 'like a hat' to be made somewhere

I'm not gay, so I'm speaking a priori.

I've been thinking about Mike's plan to tell people in the order of who'll be most supportive. I think he should assume that someone will find out early - this is a public forum, as much as people's behaviour here suggests otherwise - and have plan about how to talk to the difficult people first.

Building up a support network might make him feel better, but it I don't think it will change people's reaction to what he says. And prepping for that reaction seems more important.

But as I said, I'm not gay, I've never had to come out and I've got f*ck all idea about the pros and cons.

Congrats! It's all good for me as long as I get to kill you in TF2 still

Cheers Mate!

I think we all know that, however much he pleads, Fedora is still the original jerkface.

I've never spoken to Fedora, but if he's an arse don't treat him any differently. If someone I detest tells me he's got cancer, well, he's someone I detest with cancer. No change in status there.

Awesome thread, thank you both for sharing this with us.

Fedora is young, with all the trappings thereof. IMHO, he doesn't deserve the hate, no matter how mouthy he might get on voice comms every now and then.

This thread made me sentimental and smiley.

Bullion Cube wrote:

Huge congrats and admiration to Mike and Fedora. Cheers to all.

Trachalio wrote:

OK. I said it on twitter and it bears repeating on here:

We have a 7 page thread of support for two of our members that had the courage to come out of the closet AND NOT ONE OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE MADE A FINGER -> BUTT JOKE YET!

Son, I am dissapoint. ;)

I like to think of Finger -> Butt as an equal opportunity manuever. No need to pull that one out prematurely. Wait until they ask for advice on a first date.

then it made me LOL.

Best thread ever.

+++++

My username is a reference to a Billy Bragg lyric in a different song; this is the first BB song I ever heard: saw the video on 120 Minutes years and years ago.

"He said some things are really left best unspoken/But I prefer it all to be out in the open"

I obviously love many of his lyrics, but I always did love that one especially. I am glad to hear you guys feel safe enough here that it's good for it all to be out in the open.

[quote-Grenn]Quite the pickle.[/quote]

That's what he said

I'll reiterate how proud and honored I am to be part of this community - GWJ, you are easy to love, and easy to trust. Ill also echo the many wishes of happiness and continued support to both Mike and Safarihat as you guys inform your family and make your way forward. As many have said, this shouldn't be any more of an issue than what kind of cheese you like on a cracker, but there are cheese fanatics out there as much as anything else, so, be who you are. In fact "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" ~ Dr. Seuss

Congrats to both of you! I mean, not for being you - although that's good enough in itself - but for taking the step to let us know who you are. Because we're good with that. That is what friends are for.

Congrats again.

garion333 wrote:
Lasherthecat wrote:

Awesome and courageous move Mike and Fedora... I think that makes it time for .... BattleShots!!
[pic]
No intention to steal attention... just thought this was the perfect invitation to Battleshots...

One of you two were gonna manage to find a way to get a picture in this thread. :P

Yes. YES! The plan is working to perfection.