Having just joined this group, yours was the first thing I read. It's a marvellous story of how being honest and open can lead to much closer and fuller friendships. Thank you for sharing. I am delighted that you and Roy bonded so emotionally and especially that you formed a lasting friendship.
Your story is great and funny. You proved you are just one of the guys by saying you don't get hard when all your friends are ugly. Your openness moved me in three ways. First, it helps me realize that gay men have histories (like getting attacked) that make it awkward for them to hang with straight men, even when they are accepted. Second, it brought me in touch with some of my own sadness around a picture of my brother and me at age 2 (him) and 3 (me) where we both like like happy, healthy boys. That same year, he was in an accident which left him mentally handicapped. Each passing year, our intellectural span increased so that I took a father role, which my parents welcomed for practical reasons without explaining anything to me. What might have been. Lastly it affirms that there is only one important sexuality we need to differentiate as men among men, and that is that we are all male. Masculinity is brotherhood enough.
Musclenudoe as others have said , I so enjoyed reading your story.. Sounds like an amazing weekend on several levels! So glad it was successful! And as I often find myself doing , I was nodding my head to StoneAndys comments.