Bil Browning

Elton John's Letter to Himself

Filed By Bil Browning | January 19, 2011 8:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Elton John, gay youth, letter to 16 year old self, letter to me, letter to yourself, Reginald

Letters of Note is a sweet blog I follow that highlights interesting correspondence - whether because of the contents or the fame of the author. Elton+John+eltonfoto1.jpgYesterday they featured a letter that Elton John wrote to himself; the openly gay adult superstar wrote his 16 year old former self a sweet note about sex, drugs and coming out.

The letter was part of the Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self collection that raised money for John's AIDS charity. The book features several other celebrities writing with advice for their younger former selves.

John was 16 in 1963. The letter is incredibly charming and handwritten. Transcript is after the jump.

March 8th 2009.


Dear Reg,

You are a very young 16. you know nothing about sex -- you don't even know what a "queer" is. Trust me when I tell you -- you are "queer"; you are a gay boy. I made the mistake of not having sex until I was 23! I loved being with another man and felt relieved that I finally knew who I was. I made the mistake of falling in love too soon because I was naive and romantic. My advice to you is never to chase love -- it will find you when you least expect it. Have FUN, have lots of safe sex and enjoy your sexuality. Be proud of who you are and, as you get older and wiser fight for gay rights -- I'm 46 years older than you are, and we have a long way to go. In certain countries we are still not treated as equals, especially by the so-called "Christian" Church. I made a lot of mistakes. Stay away from drugs -- they're a waste of time. Stand up for every human being's rights. Be loving, kind and strong. Set an example. You're going to have a hell of a life!!

Love you

Elton x


Be sure to visit Letters of Note to see the original handwritten letter.

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Dear Elton,

I love you. And you're NOT a bitchy old cow with the mind of a 3rd grader.


Rick Sutton | January 19, 2011 1:22 PM

I'm so verklempt. Thanks for my wake-up call.