August 2000

Hello, My name is Jonathan also known as Seth, I'm a 16 years old going into the 11th grade 00-01 school year. I have been out for about 3 going on 4 years now. It is awesome to look back on all that I have accomplished that I thought would never be me when I was the scared closeted Jonathan.

I started out in SLC, Utah an 8th grader. I came out to my family that year and it all followed. I had been online for the 2 previous years and had received support from other gay teens. If it hadn't been for the Internet, I don't have a clue where I would have gotten the strength to go through with my coming out. A lot of teens every day turn to the Internet for support to be who they are.

Many teens live in families where they have heard nothing but hatred all their lives about gays and such. Many teens become "addicted" to the Internet because it is the only place they can be themselves. It is sad that they have to do this but it is a blessing that we have this. I feel that if it were not for the internet the suicide rate in homosexual teens would have kept rising and rising because of the pain that causes their depression because they had no where to turn.

If it weren't for the Internet I don't know where I would be today. The first two people I came out to were on the Internet...it was a shield and I used it. A lot of teens use it as that also. I have come in contact with a lot of teens that without the internet they would keep on suppressing their feelings and causing many problems later on in their lives.

This publication, in fact, has helped a lot of my friends before I came in contact with them. I can not say enough good about the Internet and the good it is doing and has done for today's gay (when I say gay I mean Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Etc.) youth throughout the world.

I have met many close friends through the Internet and believe or not the person that I am in the longest LTR of my Gay dating life! I'm sure you will hear more about him and much more of my interesting and wacky past since and before I came out if and when I write more for this site. Take Care! And don't hesitate to contact me by e-mail @ POLO2783@aol.com and if you have AOL or AIM... IM me.

Love and Light

Jonathan AKA Seth

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