Gay student learns a valuable lesson about bullying, being true to himself

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Joseph-BardenBy the time Joseph Barden began his freshman year in high school, he not only knew that he was gay, he also knew how to cover up that fact about himself.

One day, while Joseph was sitting with a group of upper classmen girls he had recently befriended, an openly gay student came by. โ€œDavid was very flamboyant to put it mildly,โ€ says Joseph.

And when David left, Joseph let loose on a homophobic rant that was not well received by his new friends:


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Upon reflection, Joseph realized that the casual homophobia he had been cultivating was โ€œnot coolโ€ and wasnโ€™t necessary โ€œto have friends or to maintain friends.โ€


Drawing on his own personal experiences, Joseph says โ€œit makes you realize that often times the people that are the most virulently homophobic are the ones that are trying to hide something about themselves.โ€


This is Josephโ€™s true LGBTQ story



โ€œIโ€™m from Driftwood,โ€ a collection of โ€œlesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer stories from all over the world,โ€ appears weekends on LGBTQ Nation. For more true LGBT stories, or to share your own, visit โ€œIโ€™m from Driftwood.โ€


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