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Fathers of Gay Sons

Remembering Daddy

Billi Gordon, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Billi Gordon, Ph.D.

When I became a cheerleader, my father said, "Why don't you just shoot me now? I told your mother, 'Get him a toy gun and a Bowie knife,' but no, she just had to get you that damn yellow stuffed bear!" In my mother's defense, I was 5, and the bear was jonquil, not yellow.

Hope for Future Fathers of Gay Sons

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

When I read in February about the harsh reaction college football star Michael Sam's father had to his son's coming out, I was reminded of the difficu...

On Being a Disinherited Gay Son

Christopher Murray | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

With all the complexities of families, of me, of good decisions and poor ones, of other crises and conflicts, how much does the story of my father and me and its missing jigsaw pieces have to do with my being a gay man? I've come to believe quite a lot, actually.

Father Figuring

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Hutcheson

I realized this space between us was not something blocking a connection -- a gap in the emotional circuit. It was just space, a space which had given my father the opportunity to see me clearly. And now, I could finally see him back.

Mourning the Dad Who Died Before He Could Accept His Gay Son

Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan Buxton

I always assumed the years of hiding my truth from my dad didn't matter, that once I came out to him we'd have all the time in the world to reconcile our opposing viewpoints. Instead, closure was another thing we didn't get to share.

A Father's Reaction To His Very Young Gay Son

Dave | Posted 05.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Dave

Over the past few months my wife has been asked numerous times what I think about our 7-year-old son identifying as gay. The idea that I would be disappointed/angry/suicidal that my son identifies as gay offends me, both as a father and simply as a human.