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    Posted August 11, 2014 by
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    In Memoriam

    Why Robin Williams' death is devastating to me


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "I did not ever get to meet Robin Williams, but if I had I would tell him that he and Nathan Lane in 'The Birdcage' changed my life and allowed me to live my life how I wanted to," said zsn860. "He removed my fears and of course made me laugh."
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    Today, when I heard the news, I started to break down.


    Robin will never know what he and Nathan Lane did for me, and I have never met the pair of them.


    Growing up my sister loved to watch the movie the birdcage. I was too young to understand it exactly, but I knew it felt right to me. As I got older I knew that I was gay. Yet I had reservations about coming out.


    One night I was re-watching the film, and it hit me. The scene when Williams and Lane are sitting on the bench an Williams character says " There's only one place in the world I call home, and that's because you're there."


    That is what I wanted in life, to find a partner and have that kind of connection. I knew it was time to come out, and live how I wanted to. I called my Uncle that night and told him. One at a time I told people I cared about. most being very receptive.


    Albert and Armand gave me meaning, and an understanding of who I really am and who I want to be. For that I will always be thankful for the Birdcage, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

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