I just came out to my Black, Christian parents today....

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    May 01, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    My parents were surprised. But they were clear that they did not care at all and my dad even went as far as to say I was their "hero" for achieving so much in my life while carrying my secret alone for so long. It wasn't overly mushy, or emotional. Just a long conversation with them saying over and over that they didn't care and that they loved me. They didn't believe I was going to hell or that God hates gays. I thanked them for always being great parents. They said I made it easy for them to love me and hoped that I never doubted their love. And life goes on.

    Although I am just coming out in my 30's I am glad that I wasn't forced out and that I was able to come out exactly when I was ready and on my terms. For me, I was inspired to come out after I read this article in ESPN about Michael Irvin (one of my favorite players) discussing his gay brother in OUT magazine. I know it is even harder for black guys to come out because of some of the social stigma that still lingers in our community (which is changing dramatically). I hope my experience helps someone else out there to feel a little more comfortable with taking the leap, once they're ready.

    http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/6760900/former-dallas-cowboys-player-michael-irvin-gay-magazine-equality
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    May 01, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    Congrats! How does it feel to finally have that burden off your back? You should be walking on the clouds!
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    May 01, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    Congratulations