The process of coming out to family and friends began at the age of 19 and took a full year. The very first person he shared with was a childhood friend. Then he opened up to a couple of colleagues at the summer camp where he worked in 2006 after his first year of college. What is most interesting is that he became fully aware he was gay as a camper at a summer camp in Québec at age 11; then he came out while working at different summer camp in New York at age 19. It was like coming full circle. Next came family. With 2 lesbian aunts and 1 gay uncle already out in his extended family, Enrique found support and acceptance. "They were very receptive and cool about it. Some of them expected it, others said they did not see it coming. Some were full of questions and others were gay and had no questions at all. I was very open and honest about it and never had to do the double-life thing. Now I'm out to everyone and it's cool." However, he adds that the process of coming out continues on a daily basis throughout your lifetime.
In closing I want to share Enrique's answers to a couple of questions.
To check out Enrique's blog (en Español - in Spanish) go to http://enriquetorremolina.wordpress.com/.
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