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09/16/2014 12:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Truth About Gay PDA: LGBT Whisper Users Sound Off Anonymously

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In May, ESPN captured Michael Sam's emotional reaction after learning he'd become the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Photos and videos showed Sam, who has since been signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, playfully smashing a slice of cake in boyfriend Vito Cammisano's face before leaning in for a passionate smooch.

One could interpret the ESPN report as indicative of increased social acceptance when it comes to public displays of affection among same-sex couples, and certainly, media coverage has gotten more positive overall. But when it comes to PDA, has it REALLY gotten better for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community?

LGBT users took to Whisper to anonymously submit their feelings about PDA, and the responses were mixed, to say the least.

"I'm openly gay but I sometimes feel uncomfortable holding my girlfriends hand in public," one user wrote. Added another: "I'm so ashamed to be bisexual that I get repulsed when I see gay couples in public."

Check out all of the Whisper responses below (WARNING: some posts contain graphic language). Meanwhile, you can check out more on Whisper here.

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