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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1999 - Student Life Division. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 16, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5219/show/5005.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1999 - Student Life Division. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5219/show/5005

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1999 - Student Life Division, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed April 16, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5219/show/5005.

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Transcript COMING OUT by Demi Jessett By looking at his dark-brown eyes, small frame and dirty Nikes, you couldn't tell what he has been through. The pain, the isolation, the sense of being "different." Junior graphics communications major, Ray Rodriguez, is gay. Two challenges that he feels every homosexual should face and come to terms with. Ray grew up just like every other boy: a son, a brother, a student. Brought- up by a Puerto Rican family with "machismo" valuesl he was taught that men should be big, strong and able to take care of a family. During his high school career. Ray surrounded himself with girls, but it wasn't until his junior year that he started to realize that he looked at them differently. Near the end of his junior year, the once popular guy in school started to seclude himself, spending the next three years of his life away from everyone, including his friends, his siblings and especially his parents. After his high school graduation, Raymond went to the University of North Texas in Denton, where he spent his days in school and his nights at home by himself. "All I wanted to do was get away. I didn't want to talk or to be near anyone," said Ray. "I had to get my thoughts together, and being by myself was the only way I knew how." After an unsuccessful semester at North Texas, Ray decided to head for the East Coast, traveling for a couple of months pondering what to do about his sexuality. He wanted to get even further away, so he worked to make enough money to travel to Europe, never to return home to his family. Ray never made enough money to get to Europe or even enough to live off of, and was forced to call his parents in order to get home. Ray, now back in Houston, spent another year isolating himself, thinking among other things, about how he would tell his traditional family that he was homosexual. It was Christmas of 1997, when Ray finally had the opportunity to drop the bombshell. Earlier he had decided that it would be best to tell his siblings first, in order to practice before he had to tell his parents. "All they could say was 'good'. They told me that they had talked about it amongst themselves for a while, and wondered when I was going to come out," said Ray. With the first step behind him, Ray thought he could start facing the world. Now at UH, he started to get more involved with friends and actually go out after classes. But it wasn't until June of 1998, that he had the nerve to tell his parents. "My dad still won't admit that I'm gay. He sat there thinking that I was the same guy that has always been there, and he's right. The only thing that's different is that I'm gay. All my mom could say was 'poor baby', but she's fine with it now," said Ray. Ray has since then revealed himself to those whom he feels are truly his friends. He has found happiness after years of turmoil. Years of seclusion. Years of shame. "Why lose sleep? Being gay is nothing perverted. Coming out is merely mental health," said Rodriguez. "When you're in, all you think about is your sexuality. It's a secret. We try to be someone we're not. I've been a lot happier since I've come out not only to my friends, but to myself."