There is no shortage of opinionated gay vloggers on YouTube, but often times the message that is being conveyed is convoluted by hidden agendas and desperate attempts for the next viral video hit or fleeting moments of fame. So when I came across this video by vlogger Kevin Dwayne I was honestly touched by his sincerity and the story that prompted him to share this incredible message of self-acceptance.
A little over a week ago Kevin received this message on Facebook from a close friend of ten years. The message appears on this blog just as it was written:
Kevin,... I love you, you know that and you also know, God's word tells me that your lifestyle is in contradition to His Word.I am going to ask you to DELETE our entire family; (you may always send us a personal e-mail if you choose) but I think that if you DELETE us. It will be less difficult on us, than to see the STATUS you post, which causes us mixed emotions...
of sadness, and despair, and sometime anger... So.... because I care for you, and the others in our family... I am going to respectfully ask for you to DELETE our entire family.
That means everyone.
Kevin.. this is SOOO HARD FOR ME TO WRITE THIS.. but I cant do it anymore.. I cant see your status, your posting and your photos its too hard.. Its hard to see you go down a road I dont believe in. We have known each other for 10 years and through thick and thin (I want to say) but Kev there has to be a line. I should of stood up and drew that line so many years ago but I didnt. I pretended it wasnt happening and I pretended it didnt hurt but I cant pretend anymore.. I am sorry.. but the line is drawn. PLEASE delete us all of us.
In 2010 this is still a reality for LGBT's when making the very personal decision to come out. The possibility of losing family and friends is still a real fear for those who can't bare living in the closet but are too afraid of living with the consequences of telling the truth.
Kevin's response should be used as a tool for everyone in this predicament. Watch it in the video below.