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The Weight of My Father

Emillio Mesa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Emillio Mesa

The words he said to my mother, during their divorce, echoed through my head, "A son who grows up with only a mother is doomed to become a faggot." I understood from that moment on that I could never truly have my father's love and acceptance. In our Hispanic culture, being gay was as a mortal disease that led to social shame.