Gay Mormon Comes Out To Family, Records Their Reactions
Huffington Post - about 4 years
An openly gay Mormon used to be something of a unicorn, but one young man's proud coming out video is a statement to the contrary.
Jimmy Lee Hales, a Mormon student at Brigham Young University, came out to his family and friends in a touching, five-minute YouTube video that has already been watched more than 100,000 times.
Gay Mormons exist, Hales says in the video, but it can be a lonely existence.
"It doesn't help that people pretend or act like we're not here," Hales narrates. "Coming out to people has been difficult. In fact, the hardest person to come out was myself."
Some people in the video seem unsurprised by the news, while others think he's joking. His sister, Christy, even asks whether he could be bisexual.
"Not even boobs?" she asks. "I don't like boobs," he responds, laughing.
However, the best reaction is that of his mother, Tracy, who gives new meaning to the expression "jaw dropping."
While most people in the video are shocked and surpris
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