Very well done. You deserve congratulations for your courage and persistence.
Fantastic! Too bad reasoned discussion can’t work on those Tory MPs currently in opposition.
Well done Matthew, a brilliantly written piece too!
I bow to you dear boy. Well done. Be proud of yourself and of your friend.
Great stuff Matthew , well done .
Very well done indeed, young man. If only you know how older people like me wish we could have had the chance to discuss such issues with non-gay friends when we were at school!
Be very proud of yourself Matthew, you did a brave thing and did it well. congratulation to you AND your friend.
‘Vive La Revolution’!
Inspirational :) Well done, Matthew!
What a wonderful piece. Well done. Be proud of yourself as we are all proud of you. You’re helping to make the world a better place. Have a good life.
Now that is what I call fighting spirit.
‘The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason,’ as Thomas Paine noted (whose writings I highly recommend).
Well done and keep up the good work.
Well done, Matthew. Wonderfully eloquent. Your clear and honest voice comes through.
Brilliant Matthew, you are a person of integrity and great courage. You are to be admired
I hope this won’t be the last article I read by this eloquent young writer. Great stuff, Matt!
Matthew Davies, your account is likely to cause many others to follow suit. So, well done!
Also, I hope you know that you write very well for a 17 year old. Of course I don’t know if you have other talents, maybe even brighter talents, but maybe you should consider a career involving writing.
The issue of same-sex couples adopting will arise in an episode of the CBBC drama The Dumping Ground to be broadcast 21st January 2013
It will always be Tracy Beaker to me even if she is not in it.
I wish I had had this sort of courage when I was 17 in 1972. I did not come out to anyone for another ten years, and the first person I told was my priest (I was still trying to believe in god, too). The second was a close friend who came out to me three years later.
You have done something that more of us need to do whether in the U.K. with Tories, but also here in the U.S. with these bloody neo-fascists in the Republican Party.
Adorable! And admirable.
You won’t win ‘em all, but when you keep trying, you win some. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for all your wonderfully kind comments. It means a lot to me. I am very glad that you people enjoyed it and understood the message. I was in two minds about publishing it. Now I am a pleased I have shared my experience withyoh guys.