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"Excellent presentation - appreciated the emphasis on scientific basis of material. A strong open atmosphere was created, providing a feeling of safety and affirmation, which supported a frank discussion.  Appreciate the broad spectrum of the material ranging from scientific to religious aspects.  Many resources of high quality provided.  I will be even more committed to supporting education and openness regarding LGBT persons, and to be gentle with the naysayers."  -70 y/o Female Community Member

"Absolutely fabulous.  This talk helped my self esteem and reinforced my belief that being gay is okay.  I get some push back from my family and this talk reinforces my feelings that they are evolving, but still not unconditionally loving.  I also got that it’s their feelings they need to deal with about the subject and not anything I am doing wrong." -42 y/o Female Community Member

"I liked that there are several factors that are covered.  There were biological, statistical and religious aspects discussed, which I enjoyed very much.  The most important thing I learned is that being gay, lesbian, bi or transgender is not a choice.  It’s ok to be gay and that there is nothing to cure...the presentation was very well put together and informative." -M University Student

"Thank you so much for coming back this year.  I saw your presentation last year and you were the first person I told that I was bi (even though it was through email).  I have watched your presentation twice now and I have felt empowered both times.  I have come out to a few people since then, but not my family...Thank you for your time and your presentation.  I enjoyed it even though it makes me think about my situation more.  I am glad you come back to Wayne." -19 y/o Female College Student

"Many issues were brought up which are good and need to be known in today’s society which need people like Ron Holt to tell the society about sexual orientation. Ron - you are on your way to make the world a better place.  You can’t make your presentations anymore better.  You are the master of public presentations and very educated about this subject.  Keep it up!  You are my role model!!”  -21 y/o M College Student

"Your discussion today went a long way toward helping educate my mother...I just wanted to tell you how impressed I was with your lecture.  You didn’t hold back during the Q & A session, and seeing that you were an intelligent, out gay professional made me very proud of you...thank you for having the courage to speak today." -M Community Member

"Dr. Holt presents a wealth of documented information.  His comments about family members’ responses to someone ‘coming out’ were so important!  I’m a 61 year old heterosexual woman who had a gay younger brother.  Perhaps if more people could have seen Dr. Holt’s presentation, his life would have been less tormented, and his parents and brothers would have been more compassionate." -61 y/o F Community Member

"I loved the presentation.  It was very informative and really made me think in an open minded manner.  I am married and pregnant, but I have had sexual thoughts about females since I was eight years old.  My husband knows and is very accepting.  I love him very much for not judging me.”  -F College Student

"The most important thing I learned today is sexual orientation is not a choice - sexual behavior is.  I have told 3 of my friends that I am bisexual.  It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done but I am glad I did it.  I don’t have to be scared anymore.  I didn’t know there was a difference between sexual orientation and sexual behavior." -M College Student

"Coming to terms with one’s own sexuality that is different from society’s conditioned status quo is quite stressful in its own right.  Having to deal with others, especially family members who aren’t supportive can be detrimental to fostering a nurturing environment.  And more often than not, relationships are damaged beyond repair.  It is uplifting to know that there are people like Dr. Ron Holt who understands firsthand how this controversial subject affects people’s behavior.  Listening to his presentation, I gained a better understanding of how reactionary people can be to another person’s sexuality, understanding that they in their own right are suffering from inner turmoil." -37 y/o M Community Member

"Dear Dr. Holt:  I was a student at Wayne State six years ago when I attended one of your lectures. I remember what you said about "the first thing you say" when a family member or friend tell you they are gay, because they will remember those words forever. My grandson told me last year (with tears in his eyes) that he was gay. I was the first one he told and the only one (we're very close). Your words were screaming in my ears! I told him I didn't care and that I loved him and I always will. He was so relieved...Thank you again." -60 y/o F Community Member

"I want to thank you for speaking this morning.  It helped me understand more about myself.  I believe I am bi.  I got teased in high school because I had lesbian friends.  I never liked any of them but now I realize that I like both.  I spent all my high school years denying it but I think I have always known.  I never really like "normal girl things."  Thank you for helping me accept who I am."  -18 y/o F College Student

Going into the presentation with Ron Holt and learning about gay rights I was a little hesitant.  I didn’t know what to expect and really had never attended something like this...Ron Holt was an excellent speaker and I’m glad that he was willing to come in and talk to us during homecoming week.  I enjoyed learning a different perspective of life.  It has to be really tough to come into a Midwest town, like Wayne and give a speech like that.”  -20 y/o M College Student

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to meet Dr. Holt and to listen to him and the other speakers present their information on homosexuality. I think it has helped me to become even more open minded about people who are different from me. All of the information that I received is helping me to become a better mother, teacher and citizen.” -30 y/o F Graduate Student

I have always had a stereotype in my mind of what gay people looked like, talked like, and even dressed like. That’s why I was so surprised when Dr. Holt came and talked to us. He just seemed like a very normal, down to earth person. I can honestly say that I think Dr. Holt's presentation was one of the best things I could have ever attended. It really opened my eyes.” -F College Student

Ron Holt's presentation was very interesting and informative.  When I heard that we were going to be having a gay speaker come to class, I was a little skeptical and nervous about it.…The issue of homosexuality is not discussed very openly where I am from….This presentation has helped me to realize that the best way to approach a situation, in which someone is "coming out", is to support them and love them for who they are.  It may take a little time to get used to the idea, but your initial reaction means the world to them.  Don't take away the happiness that everyone deserves.”-M College Student

Dr. Ron Holt was a very effective presenter.  There could not have been a more perfect person to speak about homosexuality…he was able to speak about when he knew he was gay, growing up gay, going to college, coming out to his parents, his personal experiences, the specific biological aspects of homosexuality, how people deal with their own sexuality and the sexuality of others from a psychiatric perspective, and the various laws that affect gays.”  -M College Student

I thought that last week was a big eye opener with Ron coming in to talk to us and going to the gay/lesbian panel.  Both of these things showed different viewpoints that I hadn’t really necessarily thought about before.  I don’t think I’ve ever really had someone come into a class and talk so openly about their sexuality, which I respected very much.  It just really made me put myself in their shoes for a while and realize how hard it truly must be to live this lifestyle in such a close-minded society.” -M College Student

"Dear Ron. My instructor is Debi Bonds and she wanted me to contact you and tell you about how you influenced me.  I wanted to share with you something that happened to me the day after you spoke.  I work at the dorms at Northeast Community College, and the day after you spoke in my class I had a student come to me and tell me that he was gay.  The thing that ran through my head is what you said in class, and that was, when someone first comes out the first impression they get from that person will impact the rest of their life.  With that information I told my student that him being gay was no big deal, and that it didn’t change the person that he was or will be, and that I would not think of him any differently.  I just wanted to share that because if it was not for you I don’t know how I would of handled the situation.  I just wanted to tell you that everything you said made such an impact on me and then being able to use that knowledge was very helpful to my situation. Thank you." -M College Student