For the inaugural post of APR’s LGBT Voices, we’re bringing you the short but very heartwarming story of a young teen named Jimmy Kline (shown above on far left in a childhood photo where he’s a bully still in the closet), who finally gets the chance to harass his classmates the same as his straight friends.
Jimmy has been struggling with his identity for most of his life, and was nervous to come out to friends and family because he was worried he couldn’t pursue his goal to be a dejected member of society, not because of his sexuality, but because of his inclination to assault and harass others. We got to speak to Jimmy and he told us just that.
“When I’m older, I want to be a sad man who has trouble connecting with others because of a problem expressing myself. I want to be open about who I like though too! I shouldn’t have to hide that! Why does a reclusive bully have to be straight in our modern time?”
His parents, Amy and Francis Kline, are in support of their son’s sexuality and are proud to have a child who is breaking stereotypes.
Friends of James tell us that they were skeptical that someone gay could beat a kid up for wearing the wrong shirt to school that day, but they were all pleasantly surprised when he followed through by knocking out a kid wearing a green shirt that DEFINITELY clashed with his shoes.
Stories like this happen everyday where kids discover their true selves like and become comfortable in their skin.
This is exactly what APR’s LGBT Voices is all about. Stay tuned for more!