Friday, August 30, 2013

Thank You Thank You Thank You

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so, so much.

I honestly can't describe how wonderful and loved I have felt over the past few days after posting my story about growing up a gay sports fanatic. The positive response has been so unbelievably overwhelming and all the kind words have been so touching. I'm amazed.

It wasn't easy to write. I had the Word document open for what seemed like forever, waiting almost a year to finally muster up the courage to finish it and post it. Considering the response I'm not sure what took me so long.

So thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing, whether you did so by Facebook, Twitter, Carrier Pigeon, Tumblr, or even Snap Chat. It was probably a disappointing Snap Chat. Thanks to James Armstrong for getting the story picked up by GlobalNews and John Matisz for doing a nice writeup for Sun Media.

Even simply liking a Facebook post or sending out a positive tweet could be a huge deal for someone. You've now just announced yourself as an ally to anyone who might be in the closet and questioning whether they can live one more day. You have shown there are good people in the world and that differences are to be celebrated, not shamed. It might seem like a trivial thing, but even that small act is a huge deal and helps contribute to making the world a safer, more welcoming place.

Of course I knew I surrounded myself with good-hearted people, but it's always nice to see your beliefs confirmed. It was so nice to receive love and support from friends, family, current and former teammates, acquaintances, strangers, people I haven't talked to in years, and oh yeah, Brian Burke.

That was kind of surreal. What a great man.

It makes me very sad to remember how I used to feel growing up and it breaks my heart to know there are people going through the same thing and feeling just as miserable as I did. It just isn't acceptable for anyone to have to feel that way, and I hope my story can in some way shine a little light for those who need it most.

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