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fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
What a lovely day of sharing love, support and stories.

BBI45, what a fantastic read your story was and I am glad that you felt comfortable and brave to discuss it with your family, it really shouldn’t have to be a big deal in 2020, but unfortunately it is. Whilst there may be some who share comments of hatred we are blessed to live in a society who on the whole are supportive, acceptive and inclusive.

Similarly to something discussed in Phil’s brave interview I feared coming out to my Mum many years ago. I dated both women and men over a few years (non at the same time, obviously) whilst trying come to terms with things in my head. After a short relationship with a man I took up the conversation with my Mum late one evening when I was 22, anticipating the worst I quickly asked for her opinion, her reply was “You need to do what makes you happy, nothing will change between us, you’re my son at the end of the day, and I’m always proud of you”. 12 years on and my Mum has recently passed away but her words of comfort stay with me.

P.S. I should also point out that after coming out to my Mum she shared the news with my Aunties who shared it with the rest of the family, it saved me a job and gave my Mum the chance to chat.
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Lewismpsmith Meridian (South East) South East Today
I came out as a bi-sexual almost nine months ago.

I had feelings for men since I was about 13/14, but I wanted to wait until I was an adult before I could make a decision there and then.

It was on the night before my 19th birthday and I had just finished all of my coursework for the year, my mother was looking down on me, it was set up perfectly.

My dad, my sister and myself was having a little pre-birthday for me downstairs and it was getting late, my sister went upstairs to prepare for bed.

I knew my dad and my family was completely fine with this, but even so there's so weight on your shoulders and since my father, my best friend was the first person I had ever spoken to about this, their was so much on my shoulders.

But then, the moment came, we had a little chat first before saying to my dad "Can I tell you something?" He let me go on, obviously.

And then, it happened.

I told him that I indeed was a bi and it was the most emotional and amazing moment of my entire life, me and my father hugging whilst in tears of joy, I had finally done it and I am so proud of who I am and what I have become.

I eventually told my sisters a couple of days later and whilst I spoke to more people about it, it got more easier as time went on.

Fully behind Phillip, Holly and the entire "This Morning" team. What an incredible moment for television.
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TVLand UTV Newsline
Reading these stories from all of you is really making me emotional. I can’t imagine the amount of people who came out today after seeing Phillip portray such bravery and such courage while facing the nation and telling his own story.

I commend every single forumer who has told their story in this thread today, your bravery has truly amazed me. You are all amazing, and most importantly, you are all loved and valued.

However, Phillips confession made me more aware of the homophobia that is in the world today. Some of the comments, memes, etc. I saw on Twitter and Facebook today were truly horrifying, it’s disgusting to think that it’s 2020 and people still think that it’s okay to discriminate or make fun of someone on grounds of sexuality.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
I've seen a lot of people over-simplifying it, slamming him for deceiving his family. "It's not brave to betray your family" etc. Anyone that has ever had to bear the burden of coming to terms with their homosexuality (or transgender) should relate to Phil's situation. It consumes you inside, it's a truly horrendous feeling.

I had a conversation with my mum about this yesterday, and although I came out to her years ago, and have a very close relationship (she has often come to Pride events and even gay clubbing with me) she was still surprisingly blase about Phil coming out, as if it wasn't so much of a big deal anymore.

It really is a big deal. By coming out it is a huge weight off your shoulders on one hand, but on the other you are flicking a switch on that you can't turn back off. You're opting to open yourself up to prejudice, bigotry and abuse, just for being honest and open. People think of you differently and your sexuality becomes a part of your identity in a way it doesn't when you're straight.
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BBI45 Central (East) East Midlands Today






And of course, the thing you must not do if the ape is enraged is the Macarena.
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Capybara Granada North West Today
The support I've seen both for Phillip Scholfield and in this thread has been absolutely incredible, to the point where I managed to come out to my parents as gay today. And really it's all of you that I have to thank for giving me the power to do that and that's something I am extremely grateful for. Thank you
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Lewismpsmith Meridian (South East) South East Today
The support I've seen both for Phillip Scholfield and in this thread has been absolutely incredible, to the point where I managed to come out to my parents as gay today. And really it's all of you that I have to thank for giving me the power to do that and that's something I am extremely grateful for. Thank you


I just wanna hug everyone in this topic right now! This is amazing!
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james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Unlike the thread on this subject Digitalspy which was deleted earlier today because it had become a mixture of homophobia and libellous statements.
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what West Country (East) Points West
Unlike the thread on this subject Digitalspy which was deleted earlier today because it had become a mixture of homophobia and libellous statements.

DS mods deleting a thread with offensive comments?!? Well you know what they say, there’s a first time for everything!
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james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
They probably wouldn't have cared about them if it wasn't for the stuff that would have got them sued as well Razz
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Inspector Sands
Yes, what a great thread. I'm sorry to possibly ruin it

Now I'm not one to gossip Laughing but, if articles in certain places and various chatter on social media are correct then there's a lot more to the story than the narrative given on Friday. Certainly it fits the reports of recent tensions in the programme.

I'm wary of posting any links or twitter posts here as I don't want me or the site to get sued, but it's easy find the story of what supposedly was going on.

If it is true I would have thought that there would be quite some reputational damage and certainly some implications for This Morning. Certainly it contradicts a lot of what was said on Friday. It could be an interesting time for the programme
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james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Now I'm not one to gossip Laughing but, if articles in certain places and various chatter on social media are correct then there's a lot more to the story than the narrative given on Friday. Certainly it fits the reports of recent tensions in the programme.

I'm wary of posting any links or twitter posts here but it's easy find the story of what supposedly was going on.


If it's what I think you're talking about, then it's the stuff that has a lot to do with why the thread on DS was deleted. And the person who it seems started said claim, and is the main person responsible for spreading it, is a far right conspiracy theorist and hardcore Tommy Robinson & Katie Hopkins fan, which tells you all you need to know about how likely it is to be true.

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