While the march toward marriage equality may make it feel like the tide is finally turning, this note from a teen who just watched OUT IN THE SILENCE is a poignant reminder of the work to be done on behalf of, and alongside, those still living in the shadows, in fear and isolation, in places near and far ...
November 15, 2012:
My name is John, I am a 15 year old boy that is gay.
I know you live in the United States but I just wanted to email you and tell you how your documentary helped me with the struggle of 4 years because I did not like the fact that I was gay.
I had lived in two cities during the 4 years and was out of the closet in the last town I lived in.
I had came out to my parents at the age of 13 and they were perfectly fine with it. Everyone around me thought that I was the happiest most energetic person they knew but what they didn't know was that I had cut myself and used to be suicidal do to the fact that I hated myself because I was gay.
I am in grade 10 now and about one week ago I was still suicidal but not cutting anymore. The depression I was dealing with was dropping my grades and making me anti-social.
No, I was not getting physically bullied by my peers but I was getting cyber and verbally bullied by people who I used to call my "friends."
I found your documentary while searching for a good movie to watch late at night. I have watched "Out In The Silence" seven times in the last four days.
I have friends who know these things about me and would try to help me through it and try to help me accept that I am gay. I also tried to tell myself I was fine with it but realized I couldn't force myself to accept something.
All the stories and things that happened in this movie finally helped me to realize that I am OK with the fact I am gay and that it was a waste of my time fighting it and that I should embrace it.
I know I am gonna face a lot more difficulty in my life but I have never felt this happy since I was 9 years old.
I just wanted to say thanks for the documentary. I enjoyed it and it helped me a lot with everything.