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Community acceptance of coming out

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, October 11, 2006

When I came to Notre Dame four years ago, I was convinced that I had made a mistake. I knew that I was gay, and I felt that there was no one on this campus who I could trust. I felt like I didn’t belong. That being gay didn’t belong at Notre Dame.

It wasn’t until I started seeing people wear the “Gay? Fine by me.” shirts that I realized that I had judged this campus too soon. In fact, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Four years later, I can confidently tell you that I have experienced infinitely more acceptance on this campus than rejection. In fact, sometimes acceptance can come from the most unusual of places. So to anyone who might be questioning their sexual orientation, while everyone here might not accept you, there is an army of people, of every orientation, made up of faculty and classmates that are glad that you are here. And if you look, you’ll find there is a list of just a few of those people in this Observer.

Conor Woods


off campus