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A World of Five-Second Comments
A world of five-second comments
Five Seconds of Bigotry

My brother Peter was the first person in my family to learn from me that I was gay. Every coming-out story has its own specific ingredients of irony and poignancy, but what unites almost all stories is the fear we feel as we embark on telling someone about our sexual orientation. My brother and I enjoy hiking, so I suggested we go for a hike as a way to tell him my news. On a sunny summer day, Peter and I climbed two 14,000-foot mountains near his home in Boulder, Colorado. His wife, Carol, and my nephew and niece stayed home, as did my “roommate,” Barry. On the scale of mountain climbing, Grays ...

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