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What Makes You Proud?

qvMagazine is always intrigued by what's on your mind. So in another one of our surveys, we asked you how you felt about PRIDE. Here are some of the things you-our qvReaders-told us!

What accomplishment are you most proud of in your life?

Jorge"Earning the title of Marine. But being an optimist, I believe that I have yet to reach an accomplishment that will surpass all others." -22 years old

"I am most proud of coming out to my family and friends. No one that I've come across in life has a problem with my sexual orientation. I am also proud that I tell others about my HIV status, and I don't feel worried or ashamed." -36 years old

"I'm proud that I have gotten some of the best grades in my senior class and that I'm getting a full scholarship, and showing that Latinos can achieve something in life." -17 years old

"Long relationships and I have never gotten along, but my current partner and I have made it through four years and I am very proud of that. In addition, I have just recently been promoted at work and I think that's awesome. I have lots to be proud of. To mention all of them would sound like I'm bragging." -26 years old

"I got an A on a movie project in my English class last year. I did it alone and put a lot of effort into it, and it showed my teacher and class that I am serious about being in the entertainment industry. I was so proud!" -17 years old

"The stuff I am most proud of is the work I have done in theater. It's what I want to do in life and I have accomplished a lot. I am also proud of how I am as a person. I feel I am a very strong person." -20 years old

"The accomplishment I'm most proud of is being a very responsible person, who can work an eight hour shift, go straight home, change out of my work clothes, pick up my two nephews and niece from school, help them with their homework, cook them dinner, and put them to bed." -29 years old

"Finishing high school, and losing weight-from 268 lbs. of fat to 220 lbs. of muscle." -21 years old

"I am proud of being out. I am proud that I have maintained a healthy relationship with my boyfriend. And I am proud of my educational achievements so far." -27 years old

"I am most proud of the fact that I had the courage to leave home to go to college and discover and accept who I truly am. I decided to go far away to college that I was able to psychologically accept that I was QV. At home, I had the pressures of Catholicism and Mexican culture to keep me from coming out. If I had stayed there, I'd still be closeted. I used to think that I would never, ever come out. But somehow I found the courage to free myself and be who I am." -22 years old

"The ability to disprove the stereotypes that are placed upon homosexuals by society. This includes the ability to have an education, the ability to be masculine, the ability to have a committed relationship, and the ability to have a loving relationship not only with my family but with God as well." -21 years old

"Deciding to adopt two foster children. We are currently going through the process towards adoption now. Our two angels, Ricky and Leslie, bring us more joy than I could have imagined and reflect all the love we've given them." -34 years old

"Moving on from my old life of gangs and drugs by working my way through community college, being accepted to a university, and being the first in my family to graduate from college. And of course, getting the courage to accept who I am and stop trying to be something I'm not. Then meeting the man of my dreams-ay!" -29 years old

"I'm proud of opening my family members' minds about homosexuality. Before I came out, they were the typical Hispanic family, 'Dios me libre de tener un maricón en mi familia.' Now they are proud of who I am, and what I have achieved in my life." -21 years old

"I'm proud of every single part of my life, and that doesn't mean only for the accomplishments. I'm also proud of my failures, because without those failures, I couldn't have those accomplishments. But one of the accomplishments I'm proud of is putting myself through college on my own and getting to the point in my life where I'm at now-very happy and comfortable." -22 years old

"One of the most important accomplishments I have achieved is coming to terms with being QV. I believe your honesty should start with yourself." -25 years old

More Pride survey questions and answers appear in the print version qv11...

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