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Father: "Now, I'm gonna tell you something today, and you might not know what to think of it now, but you're gonna remember when you're a full-grown man: Don't sneak. Because if you sneak, like you did today, it means you think you're doing the wrong thing. And if you run around spending your whole life thinking that you're doing the wrong thing, then you'll ruin your immortal soul."

Son (now, 70): "And out of all the things a father in 1959 could have told his gay son, my father tells me to be proud of myself and not sneak."

"He knew where I was headed. And he knew that making me feel bad about it in any way was the wrong thing to do," he adds. "I had the patron saint of dads for sissies, and no, I didn't know at the time, but I know it now."

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Son (now, 70): "And out of all the things a father in 1959 could have told his gay son, my father tells me to be proud of myself and not sneak."

"He knew where I was headed. And he knew that making me feel bad about it in any way was the wrong thing to do," he adds. "I had the patron saint of dads for sissies, and no, I didn't know at the time, but I know it now."


That certainly was very good of your dad in those days. So many of us didn't have that. My parents either didn't know, or they chose to ignore the signs, and even if they knew, they were too conservative to be as accepting of me. I was 42 before I came out, 43 before I told them. They said they couldn't "condone" it, but I was their son and they loved me. That was about the best I could have expected of them.
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