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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:49 PM

Man in crisis calls gay bookstore, and manager and patrons answer

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While working at the bookstore one night, he said he received a call from a man who said he might be gay and was “considering self-harm.”

“We were not a crisis center! But as long as we’re talking, he’s safe, right?” @TweetChizone continued in a tweet that has received more than 30,000 likes as of Wednesday afternoon.

The man said he kept the caller on the phone by answering his questions, even though there were several customers in his store. @TweetChizone said that a few minutes later, “this angel of a woman puts her hand on my shoulder and asks for the phone. 'My turn,' she says.”

"And SHE, this 50-something lesbian talks to this stranger on the phone. And a LINE FORMS BEHIND HER. Every customer in that store knows that call, knows that feeling, and every person takes a turn talking to that man,” he continued. “That story comforts me so much to this day.”

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Behind the Aegis Mar 2019 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Mar 2019 #1
FM123 Mar 2019 #2
badhair77 Mar 2019 #3
Haggis for Breakfast Mar 2019 #4
demigoddess Mar 2019 #5
JustFiveMoreMinutes Mar 2019 #6
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GeoWilliam750 Mar 2019 #11
Odoreida Mar 2019 #12
Beacool Mar 2019 #13
SWBTATTReg Mar 2019 #14
brandnewday2009 Mar 2019 #15
Hekate Mar 2019 #16
mahannah Mar 2019 #17
mahannah Mar 2019 #18
Sherman A1 Mar 2019 #19
pazzyanne Mar 2019 #20
cp Mar 2019 #21

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:54 PM

1. People caring for people. True love. "When someone else's happiness is essential to your own"


At least in that moment, it was essential.

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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:59 PM

2. What a beautiful story, it warms my heart!

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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 10:06 PM

3. Some life-affirming news today. Good to see it.

Thanks for posting.

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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 10:34 PM

4. I think we all needed to hear this today.

A re-affirmation that humanity and kindness actually do exist in our increasingly polarized country.

THANK YOU for sharing this post.

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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 11:14 PM

5. Good people. all of them are heroes.

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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 11:28 PM

6. So thankful for the people who took the time to help

... and DAMN the people who spout the hate and lies that put the poor soul into that state of mind.

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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 11:50 PM

7. Thanks for sharing

Nice to hear an uplifting story these days.

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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 11:51 PM

8. I am so moved.



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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 12:09 AM

9. Ran across this story on Facebook, then discovered it was already posted here.

We are our brothers/sisters keepers. Fantastic story! Thanks for posting.

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 12:11 AM

10. Many years ago, when I was in college (MANY!) I worked the overnight shift in a NYC emergency room..

...on weekends as the admitting clerk. One night I got a call from a guy who said he was going to commit suicide. We talked about a half hour, me telling him that if he killed himself he couldn't make things better, etc., etc. It was a long call.

He thanked me and hung up.

Then I took my "sleep" break (3-4 AM). When I went back to work I learned we had a new patient - he came to the hospital and checked in for observation. DAMN, I felt good. Who knows what ultimately happened after that, but at least he decided to do something about his problem.

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 12:13 AM

11. Trouble shared is trouble halved

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 11:21 AM

12. Wow what a great story. n/t

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 06:50 PM

13. Heartwarming story, it brought tears to my eyes.

These people took time to help a stranger on the phone who was under distress. I'm sure that they left him feeling much better than when he made the call. It does take a village...

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 06:56 PM

14. A lot of LGBT have had or heard of such experiences as this, the very young, coming out, ...

despairing and not knowing where to get 'true and realistic' help (not the help the bible thumpers offer). A lot of what young kids hear is a constant barrage of how wrong this lifestyle is, the hate, the bigotry, etc.

Of course most of us know our lifestyle is not the evil that others seem to make it (all fake and distorted and far from reality and the truth). It's not. It's families, spouses, children (fostered or from prior straight marriages, etc.), with homes, with jobs, with friends, in short, what everyone else has in the 'normal' straight world. If you put both worlds side by side, oftentimes you would have difficulty in picking which world it was you were picking, should you attempt to pick which world was what.

Those coming out face a whole world of bigotry and hate, in full view and I've known too many 18 year olds getting kicked out of their homes because they came out. Some have reconciled, others have not. The community does extend its hand out in comfort and aid all across the country on a daily basis...you just don't hear about it. Maybe that's why the bookstore story is so real to people, for we have all seen this story already.

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:08 PM

15. I remember those bookstores. I remember the hope they brought.

 

While I never called the bookstore to seek help because I had reached the end of hope, I did, as a confused and frightened gay boy of 14, find my community when I found the Amazon Bookstore (the FIRST and the BEST) while on a trip to Minneapolis one summer. It was what I needed right then and there, just like the story. Thank you for sharing this article!

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:21 PM

16. That is the best, most humane, news I have read all week or even all year. Life-affirming...

Just everything you want humanity to be in a crisis, and in this dark time it makes me want to cry.



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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:34 PM

17. Thanks.

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Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:36 PM

18. Always call a book store.

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Sat Mar 9, 2019, 07:15 AM

19. A good story

Thanks for sharing.

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Sat Mar 9, 2019, 07:54 AM

20. I think I have something in my eye.

People can be so wonderful and caring. Sometimes we forget this in our everyday lives, especially for the past 2 years. Blessings on these wonderful people!

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Sat Mar 9, 2019, 09:41 AM

21. Thank you!

Wonderful story.

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