I liken it to a symbolic death: When my old lying, cheating, cowardly self died one beautiful morning in August, I came alive.
AGE: 35 HOME: Chicago OCCUPATION: Computer science teacher ON COMING OUT: An eighth-grader came out to me just before summer break.
After watching a television show about coming out, "all these puzzle pieces came together.
When Nobel came out to his mother, he says, "she said she could never hate me but [asked] how I could know at such a young age.
They certainly didn't help ease her sense of feeling "naked" the first year after she came out--a feeling she imagines golfer Patty Sheehan, who came out in a March 27 column in Golf World magazine, is now experiencing.
Spencer-Devlin says she is very aware that she's become a role model but insists that isn't the reason she came out.
On coming out: "I came out to my family by accident.
On coming out: "I came out in 1986, after the death (from AIDS complications) of my gay brother.
I left my husband, bought a pair of skates, and came out.