Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken: Thomas Moleski

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken: Thomas Moleski

Article excerpt

I would like to thank the citizens of Boston for their support during a difficult time in my life. I recently attended a Love Won Out "ex-gay" conference there. My mother wanted me to go, and to show her that I loved her, I did. I told her I wasn't going to change but would listen to the conservatives' point of view.

As I walked into the conference, there were gay protesters outside, chanting, "Hate is not a Boston value." As a 20-year-old gay man, I felt embarrassed and ashamed going into this church while my fellow LGBT people were protesting outside.

After the first session, which was on the causes and origins of male homosexuality, I needed a break and went out for a cigarette, almost in tears. One of the protesters came over to me and asked me if I needed a hug. I responded, "Yes." I told her what was going on inside and why I was there, She told me how brave I was and that no matter what happened I would have support from the LGBT citizens on the street. My spirits were raised, t just need to say "thank you" once again to the protesters for giving me hope in a desperate time. …

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