A Cullen’s response to a Mullen
Sean Cullen | Monday, October 12, 2009
Fortunately, my story is a happy one. The first person I came out to, my ex-girlfriend, remains one of my closest friends. When I came out to guys in my dorm, my friend Joe stood up, gave me a hug and said they were all there for me. I even had some retrospectively hilarious coming-out moments. (Note to past self: Do not get gay-themed movies sent to you by Netflix if you live with people who don’t respect federal laws prohibiting tampering with the mail of others.)
What is the common thread to these stories? They involve Notre Dame students – students who idealize all the reasons why I love Notre Dame. They help those in their most dire times of need. They offer support instead of judgment. Quite simply, they love. Indeed, it is these ideals that inspired me to pursue my current career. I am a second year M.D./Ph.D student at Baylor College of Medicine. I have a boyfriend and family and friends that love me as I am.
I say these things to assure anyone in the Notre Dame community struggling with similar issues that it is possible to lead a fulfilling, happy life as an openly gay person. You should know that for every Sean Mullen in the world who wants you to hide who you truly are from everyone, there is a Sean Cullen who thinks you are good and beautiful and perfect exactly as you are.
class of 2008