"It was the first time I met openly gay people."

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"When I saw him coming, I ducked around the hall and hid from him."

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"People thought I was such a good friend."

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"I don't know how many I sent home..."

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"I said, 'This is not telephone discussion.'"

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"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."

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"Ever since I was 10, I knew that I needed to be a dad."

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"You feel like being gay is like a virus."

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"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."

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"I went as macho as I could be to mask what I was underneath. "

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"What are some of your dreams?"

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"He dropped me off in the middle of the night with a $5 bill."

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"The lights went up, the music went off, and you could hear a pin drop."

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"I received a letter in the mail from the Boy Scouts..."

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"I was looking at everyone else, going, 'Why aren't we like that?'"

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"You said that you were in the wrong body, that you should be a man."

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"At my house, only one person got the mail, and that was my mother."

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"I've lived with this for so long."

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"I was very strict because I was afraid kids would discover I was gay."

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"The only way that I could see out of that situation was to take my life."

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"It was a really wonderful, amazing world that came crashing down."

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"EMTs arrived within minutes..."

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"A Staff Sergeant went through my cell phone and saw some of the text messages that I had to my boyfriend."

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"When did you and Dad decide to adopt?"

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"There was this hole that I had all of my life."

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"I just felt I was not living an honest life."

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"I wanted to ask you about a bonding moment you had..."

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"The announcer was saying all these untrue things about gay and lesbian people..."

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"When I was 10, I told my parents I was going to marry a man."

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"It wasn't love at first sight, but there was some kind of a recognition."

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"What do you think the differences are in the way you grew up and the way I grew up?"

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"Do you remember when we were 19, totally in love, and couldn't tell anyone?"

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"I remember wishing I would wake up a boy."

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"She had this alter-ego that was Mrs. Wiffinpoofle..."

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"I never knew how people were going to respond when I said Tom died of AIDS."

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"Even though I was very comfortable living and presenting as a woman, there was still part of me that felt like I was hiding."

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"I think I might want to be straight with a nice husband, but, of course, I don't have any idea what it's like to have kids, 'cause I am a kid myself."

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