Letter: Father Says ‘Goodbye’ After Gay Son Comes Out
August 7, 2012 by Eric Cameron, Digital Media Specialist
In August 2007, a son went through the emotional and sometimes difficult process of coming out to his dad. A week later, he received the disturbing letter below:
Five years have passed, and while James writes that he’s doing fine, he has posted his dad’s letter as a painfully real example of how extremist anti-LGBT rhetoric tears families apart.
It's important to know just what this zealotry from Bryan Fisher, Maggie Gallagher, Dan Cathy, et al., does to everyday people. I've never done drugs, was an excellent student, an obedient child (far less trouble than many of my classmates), didn't drink until I was 22 because it terrified me, and have had just 1 speeding ticket in my life. Yet I am still seemingly deserving of this terrible act of hate and cowardice that one person can place on another. 5 years on and I am still doing fine, though this letter saunters into my mind every once in a while.
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