Dad Expresses Feelings after Young Gay Son Comes Out
After his seven year-old gay son came out, Dave accepted it to the fullest. In his statement he reflects the ideal loving father and a strong support for his son. Here is what he had to say:
“I don’t see how a father, or any parent, can look at their son, the one they’ve loved since before the child was even born, and upon hearing him say, “Dad, I’m gay,” turn their back on him. The comments from men much older than me telling stories just like that break my heart. My wife always wants to adopt the teenage kids who write to her; I want to adopt the 60-year-old men who cry when they read that I tell my son how awesome he is. I don’t care if they are as old as my father; they deserve love just as much as anyone else.”
—Blogger Dave, discussing his 7-year-old gay son, on Huffington Post
Gay Brother & Sister Talk About “Coming Out” In Their Traditional Latin Family
In Cuéntame’s “Honest Conversation” with the Moreno family, we see the real life story of a brother and sister (Guillermo & Samantha) who both had to come out to their traditional Latin family and what they went through. It’s something many of us can relate to and not exclusive to Latin culture. I grew up in a Catholic family and was terrified of coming out, but once I did, things change… for the better.
With this video, Cuéntame (which means “tell” in English) brings this wonderful example of how an honest conversation changes the family dynamic, for the better. Wow. As I just wrote that, a lightbulb went off in my head as I just thought back to how only a month ago (at 31 years old) I found out I was adopted. Since then, I am closer to may parents than I ever have been. “An honest conversation changes the family dynamic”… it’s so true.
Cuéntame is an online Latino community that uses short video, docu-series, interviews from their studio, the streets, or sent to them by you, they unite voices by tackling unjust immigration laws to exclusive features on Latino arts, to stories like this one. Enjoy the short video below.
I realize this has been done before and some people think these people record such “once in a lifetime” experiences for attention. It may or may not be true and either way, who cares. I think coming out is such a scary thing for those still in the closet that videos like this are a great way to show people that you will survive and it’s not as bad as you think. Of course everyone’s situation and upbringing is different and everyone comes out at different times, even saying the actual words in different ways.
For this guy, he decided that he’d record his coming out experience to his mom. At one point she speaks of when he “went away to school,” so I gather that he’s home for a visit.
When he starts acting weird, his mom can’t figure out what’s going on. Finally, when he says it, she goes on to explain that she had a feeling and she was just waiting for him to tell her. The only thing that bugged me was that he kept playing around on his phone instead of being in the moment with his mother who was giving him all sorts of support and advice. His mom is awesome. Check it out below.
NEWS: Anton Hysen Thinks American Guys Are Hot In OUT Magazine
When Swedish soccer player Anton Hysen came out of the closet, it rocked the world of sport. Anton was only the second player to announce his homosexuality. The first was Justin Fashanu, an English footballer who was destroyed by the tabloids and outed in 1990. Eight years later, he took his own life, a true testament to homophobia that somehow remains within the sporting community. This is what makes Hysen’s coming out such a powerful statement. Not only has Anton received overwhelming support from family and friends, but the support can reach as far as his teammates and fans as well.
In an interview with Aaron Hicklin from OUT, Hicklin notices that Anton isn’t any different from any other 20-year-old he’s ever encountered. He likes tattoos and skateboarding. One of his favorite television shows is Family Guy and he thinks American guys are hot. He says,
“You should bring all the New York hotties over to Sweden, because I’m bored with all the non-hot guys here,” he says with near-flawless English. “I’m not into the whole blond, blue-eyed thing. I’m more into darker skin, dark features.”
This sexy Swede has always known he’s wanted to play soccer. His father, Glenn Hysen is soccer royalty in Sweden and when Anton kicked his first ball on the field, he knew it was what he was meant to do. He recalls that adrenaline rush he got which has obviously carried on with him to his present day career. Aside from being soccer royalty, his father was once in the press for a different reason.
Glenn made a surprise appearance at Stockholm Pride in 2007 after making headlines in the papers six years earlier. Glenn had been accused of punching a man who apparently groped him in a Frankfurt airport bathroom. However, he took to the podium to set the record straight and make quite a statement about homophobia in sport.
he used the podium to talk about homophobia in sports, asking the crowd to imagine a 16-year-old soccer player afraid to come out to his teammates. That young man was Anton, still coming to terms with his sexuality. “He just said, ‘I’m going to do it, and I hope it’s OK for you — it’s just to show you respect,’ ” recalls Hysén. “I was like, ‘Yeah, you should do it, not just for me, but to show people that a legendary football player is supportive of the gay community.’ “
Anton first came out to his family by telling his mom he was bi. Her response? “No shit, Sherlock. I saw you dump your girlfriend, the hottest girl in Stockholm. You’re not bi, you’re gay.” Nothing like some hard honesty from your mother. After Anton began to experiment with gay online dating sites, he met a guy with a great profile picture. However, the man turned out to be 50-years-old and threatened to expose Anton to the public. So, with the help of his family and friends, Anton publicly announced his homosexuality.
THOUGHT PROVOKER: PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER
Do you remember when you were still in the closet? Do you remember the feelings of wishing everyone knew about your sexuality that way you wouldn’t have to go through the nervousness, secrets, and lies about your sexuality? Putting the pieces together of sexuality, is like putting pieces together of a puzzle. You know what the outcome is, but you don’t want to give it away at one time.
These pieces is what makes us a whole. The pieces of nervousness, unknowing, questions, and curiosity are all bits of pieces that can help us come out..to admit to our moms that no, we are not straight…
What do you think? Did you have to come out in pieces?
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