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How Some LGBT Strangers in a Bookstore Saved a Closeted Man's Life

Taylor Henderson

In response to an open call for stories about the kindest thing a stranger has done, an openly gay bookstore worker shared a touching story of queer love and support that's making Twitter virtually hug each other and sob. 

"Oh God I can’t even tell this story and not cry," tweeted @TweetChizone. "I used to manage an LGBT bookstore, when bookstores were still a thing. One night, a caller says he thinks he might be gay and is considering self-harm. We were not a crisis center! But as long as we’re talking, he’s safe, right?"

"So I talk to this guy and I answer questions, and I try to be encouraging and I’m maybe sounding a little frantic and I’m definitely ignoring the 4-5 customers in the store, and 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. That story comforts me so much to this day."

Faith in humanity restored! Twitter had a lot of feelings about the story:

You might be wondering what they talked to the guy about. "Mostly what we talked about was just, like, thumbnail sketches of our lives," said the original poster in another tweet. "When we came out, how it went, the value we took from it. The important thing is there are SO MANY people in your corner; you have no idea how hard we’re cheering for you."

PRIDE has reached out to the storyteller for comment and will update accordingly. Anyone else need a tissue?

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