A Chance for Change
When I was 14 I had my first boyfriend and he came to the house every day. After a few months of this my Mom started to act funny around me. One day she asked me to go into the kitchen with her. She looked at me right in the eyes and asked me if I was gay? I looked down at the floor; I could not look her in the eyes. I knew that my Mom had strong feelings against gay people, as she was one of the first people In Canada to protest against gay people having kids. After I swallowed my fears, I looked up and said, “Yes Mommy I am gay”. I could feel tears gathering in my eyes. My Mom grabbed me by my chin and said, “I love you no matter what, but give me some time to think about this”. She hugged me and walked into the living room where my boyfriend was. She looked at both of us and smiled. Then she declared, “If you hurt my son I will hurt you”. A few days passed and my Mom came up and gave me a big hug and said, “Son, I am so sorry I have made it hard for you. I wish I could go back and not protest against gay people.” She held me for a while and gave me a kiss. Coming out was one of the hardest things I have had to do, but it made me and my Mom grow closer. Today my Mom says she is sorry for being part of a hate crime. She now wants to help Moms and Dads learn that when their kids are gay , they have not changed but are just a little more special. Now, ten years later my Mom is very happy to know that I am getting married to the most wonderful man in the world.