Heartwarming story of the day. (@Gawker)
If you know and love somebody who is gay and LDS (or Christian), your job is to love and nothing more. Let go of your impulse to correct them or control them or propel them down the path you think is right for them. Do what you need to do to move past that impulse. Do not condemn the choices your loved one makes. Love. Only love. Show your love in word and deed. Embrace them, both literally and figuratively. I promise they need it-and they need to feel like they can figure out this part of themselves in a safe way without ridicule and judgment. It’s what Christ would do. It’s what your loved one needs. Accept them. Love them. Genuinely and totally.–
A fascinating article from Josh Weed, a blogger, family therapist and Mormon, came out as a gay man - a gay man who has chosen to marry and have a family with a woman. The article was co-authored by his wife. The piece presents a totally new and interesting perspective, one that brings new meaning to the term “non-traditional family.”
Leona Lewis - “Bleeding Love”
I’m not sure exactly where Leona Lewis is these days, but she, too, wrote a song about being in a masochistic relationship where she sticks around even though all her friends are like, “Girl. Girl. Giiiiirllllll. Pull your shit together, he’s an asshole.” And the truth is, he’s an asshole, but she loves him, and nobody else will ever understand that. Love is a strange, subjective beast best articulated by the pop music manufactures behind Onerepublic’s Timbaland-produced “Apologize.” If you can relate to this song, you basically need therapy and a restraining order from him. For your own good. Even though it has a pretty great beat, don’t try to dance to it. Miserable people shouldn’t dance until they’re ready to stop being miserable.
There’s a new Android app out (here’s the English version) called “Is My Son Gay?” in which one can answer an easy series of questions (“Are you divorced?”) that will tell you if, in fact, your son is a gay person.
Obviously the app is based on science, so it should be taken somewhat seriously, but really I don’t think it gets everything right. So below I’ve provided a better list of ways to tell if your son is a gay person who is gay.
- If you come home from work and you hear noises upstairs and you go up to investigate and your son’s door is open and you catch him “hooking up” (as kids call it today) with his friend Michael, and you quickly turn around and walk back downstairs and later that night over dinner you say “You know, honey, if there’s ever anything you need to tell me…” and he says “Mom, I’m gay,” then your son is gay.
- If your son has recently gone to college and hasn’t been in touch much and you figure hey he’s new to college, he’s busy making friends and whatnot, and then late one night he calls you on the phone sounding upset about something and you ask him what’s wrong and he’s quiet for a while and then says “Nothing’s wrong, really, I’m just… Dad, I’m gay,” then your son is gay.
- Has your son ever been on a long drive to one of your daughter’s swim meets with you and when stopped at a red light he’s turned to you and said “Mom, I feel like I owe it to you and dad to tell you that, well, Donald is my boyfriend. I’m gay”? Then your son is probably gay.
- Chances are that if you are on your deathbed and your estranged son comes to visit you in the middle of a rainy night and he sits by your bed quietly until he begins to cry and clutches your hand and says “I wish I’d told you sooner that I’m gay” and then you both stay there in silence, you pretending to be asleep, the only noise the beeping of the machines that will only keep you alive for a little while longer, your son is gay.
- If you and your spouse are ever visiting your son in the big city he now lives in with all his fancy friends and fancy restaurants and you’re out to an awkward lunch before your train home and you three get into another pointless fight about years-old stuff and it’s really uncomfortable and finally you or your spouse says “Well, if you’d just settle down with the right girl, I think-” and then your son interrupts you by yelling “Guys, I’m GAY. Gay gay gay, gay as gay gets. Have you seen where I live, I mean… God you two are thick. I’m gay. Deal with it,” and then you sit there uncomfortably until the check comes and he gives you stiff hugs at the train station and you don’t see him or talk to him until Christmas, then he is gay.
- If your wacky son brings a boy home for dinner after play practice and you two are joking while you do the dishes and he says to you “Hey Ma, so… I’m not gay, but my boyfriend is!” and then you laugh and muss his hair and in the living room your husband shows your son’s boyfriend his model ships, then your son is probably gay, though he might be bisexual, so be careful about labeling.
- If your son ever says “Oh my goodness,” when surprised or when opening a gift, well then yeah, he probably gay.
Hope that helps!