And for the commenters equating "trying to be better" with Stalin:

Full disclosure: I was born in 1980. I used "gay" (and probably other homophobic words) as a pejorative as a kid. A lot. We all did. I was stupid. My friends were stupid. Being stupid wasn't a good excuse. (1/2)

— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 19, 2022