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Friday, 4 June 2004

A schoolboy 'comes out' ...

... a very intertesting story here (names changed and location not mentioned) about a 15-year old's experiences after revealing he is gay. His is not a 'rough' school, by his account, so perhaps his story would be atypical, even today, but I still prefer to see it as a moderately hopeful sign, if only because my recollection is that I had no idea (whatsoever) what the explanation for my different reactions to growing up were when I was a similar age. Of course I happened to turn 15 at almost exactly the moment when homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967, although this did not affect where I lived at the time (the Isle of Man), nor of course did it affect Scotland until MUCH later. In any case I was completely ignorant at that age that such a thing as 'homosexuality' existed, or that it was the explanation for some of my feelings then. At the very least it seems that adolescents of both sexes are at least more aware now, than then.

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