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My Brother Is Gay MAG

By Anonymous

   I found out last year that my brother is gay.

I think my brother always liked me best of my other siblings. He let me tag along with him to Boston, even to New York once. When he was broke around the holidays, he still managed to give me a gift. We have always had a special closeness. We could really talk to each other.

When I found out he was gay, it didn't change my feelings about him at all. Just because he isn't what most people would consider normal, why should I love him any less?

My brother being gay doesn't bother me. What annoys me is when people joke about gays. I'm sorry to say my friends are guilty of this. They don't know my brother is gay, so they don't realize they're hurting me when they make fun of homosexuals. Even my boyfriend, who I always thought was so unprejudiced, teases gays. One of my teachers once said, "Teenage boys make fun of gays because they are beginning to recognize their own sexuality." I hope this is true. It would be terrible to think that we were is going to grow up to be biased leaders.

Please think about my story the next time you are tempted to joke about gays. They are not bad people because of their sexual preference. If someone close to you were gay, would you disown him? I certainly hope you answering "yes" to either of these questions. Remember, we are all made equal and homosexuals are no exception to this rule. n

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This article has 19 comments.

Lucy_RK GOLD said...
on Sep. 28 2017 at 8:44 pm
Lucy_RK GOLD, Brooklyn, New York
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Yeah, it doesn't matter how you mean it. It still hurts people and you should probably not use words that are offensive to others.

lkk4209 BRONZE said...
on May. 8 2012 at 8:00 pm
lkk4209 BRONZE, Somewhere, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"April Fool's Day is for amateurs. You never need an excuse to mess with people's heads."

"I may be lying in the gutter, but I'm staring up at the stars, honey."

I disagree with your statement. Simply pointing something out is not "encouraging" it.

lkk4209 BRONZE said...
on May. 8 2012 at 7:59 pm
lkk4209 BRONZE, Somewhere, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"April Fool's Day is for amateurs. You never need an excuse to mess with people's heads."

"I may be lying in the gutter, but I'm staring up at the stars, honey."

I read this story several months ago and really enjoyed it. What print issue was this published in? The last time I checked this hadn't been in the magazine.

on Apr. 21 2012 at 2:56 pm
ScienceLover PLATINUM, Colden, New York
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That teacher is encouraging the boys to make fun of gays by giving the boys an excuse.  

ellabella said...
on Dec. 26 2011 at 10:00 pm
ellabella, Dayton, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"Life has no meaning anymore does it?"

Im really happy that you are supporting your brother. I, myself stick up for LGBT, because I am openly bi and I don't want others to be down for their sexuality.

on Nov. 29 2011 at 1:43 pm
stephie95 PLATINUM, Tripoli, Other
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on Aug. 18 2011 at 5:00 am
IAmWhoIWantToBe PLATINUM, Manila, Other
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Favorite Quote:
‎"I’m learning how to drown out the constant noise that is such an inseparable part of my life. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world: I run my world." - Beyoncé

Well, I have g a y friends and they're fun to be with. I'm not against LGBT people. What if I found out that I myself am LGBT? Would I disown myself? Not realistic... Great article!

on Jul. 27 2011 at 7:59 pm
andromeda13 SILVER, Barrie, Other
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i have an aunt who is a lesbian. i love no less. i loved your article, completely true!!! i understand how that can be hurtful when people say those things but just remember they are your friends!!! they don't meen it directly  to your brother and if they do they aren't your friends! 

on May. 5 2011 at 4:01 pm
kenzie011 BRONZE, Vancouver, Washington
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This is very true, i'm not ashamed. and i wish people didn't crack jokes also.

kaylyn451 said...
on Jan. 10 2011 at 6:49 pm
that was an amazing story.

on Dec. 18 2010 at 6:04 pm
BlackKittie SILVER, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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its still offensive...theres no "different context" may think of it that way but its not...

paperflowers said...
on Oct. 14 2010 at 8:10 pm
paperflowers, Imaginary, Indiana
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Good message, but some of your grammar was very confusing. 

MosoSem GOLD said...
on Oct. 14 2010 at 3:38 pm
MosoSem GOLD, Maseru, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm beautiful in my way, because God makes no mistakes, baby I was born this way!", Lady Gaga.

I totally agree. People claim of how'christian' they are, treating all humans the same without any prejudice. Just an unseen fault to the world we live in.

jdeluca GOLD said...
on Jun. 4 2010 at 12:48 am
jdeluca GOLD, Bedford, New York
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im a teenage boy and when me and my friends use words or phrases such as "faggot" or "that's so gay" it isn't because we hate gays... we are using words originally referring to homosexuals in a different context. I know they can be hurtful sometimes but when teenage boys say that it isn't because we are all bad people that are going to grow up to be like a Joseph McCarthy and start a "Rainbow Scare"...

timealley said...
on Jan. 23 2010 at 8:44 pm
timealley, Land, Other
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That's so sad. I'm glad you are sticking by your brother. Good job, hopefully your friends and boyfriend will learn from you, and stop making such horrid jokes. Good job.

on Jul. 31 2009 at 8:25 pm
nolongerinuse SILVER, San Antonio, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
“Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” - Kahlil Gibran

Great Work! I always hate it when people say "that's so gay", especially when they say it to insult things I like.

on Jun. 23 2009 at 3:39 pm
pinksage33 BRONZE, Woodstock, New York
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This is really good.

on Apr. 7 2009 at 11:56 pm, Mineral Ridge, Ohio
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awww thats so great :) being gay myself, its great and inspiring to see others out there being acceptant. It warms my heart. And have you know that you are a pretty great person for your acceptance. Just keep in mind that times are changing and people are becoming more acceptant as homosexuality is becoming more and more talked about.

Locke said...
on Nov. 26 2008 at 5:17 pm
Three cheers, author. Keep your head up. Things ARE getting better, and it's great to see that filial love wins out in the end.