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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist James B. Stewart Tells Depauw Graduates How His Anti-Gay Father Accepted Him: VIDEO


New York Times columnist, bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner James B. Stewart described the defining moment of his life —his father's intolerance of his sexuality, his internal debate over whether to reject his father in retribution, and his father's ultimate realization that he was wrong — in his Depauw University commencement address to 2012 graduates.

Said Stewart:

"We lived in an extended state of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' which was not only stressful, but it actually came to seem to me, fundamentallly dishonest, and unloving. And so I took a deep breath, and told him and my mother that I am gay. My mother cried. My father said he loved me. And then he said that he could never condone what he considered an immoral lifestyle. No partner of mine would ever be welcome in his home."


(via eric edberg)

Relevant segment begins at 8:30...

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  1. Beautiful, I don't think I could be so forgiving.

    Posted by: RobWest | May 22, 2012 10:26:10 AM

  2. Thanks for this. I met James B. Stewart at an NLGJA conference a number of years back. A very impressive guy -- as this speech shows.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 22, 2012 10:37:07 AM

  3. Thank you for posting this :)

    Posted by: Stefan | May 22, 2012 1:00:56 PM

  4. How is it a Methodist college in a conservative state with a Board of Trustees made up of stodgy old Republican business men (for the most part) would end up with a gay Chairman of the Board of Trustees (Jim Stewart used to hold the post) and a gay president (one of the few in the country)? I'm a proud alumnus and still don't know.

    Posted by: Chris S. | May 22, 2012 1:08:18 PM

  5. My mom, at the age of 78, went to get her Doctorate in Theology to become a Methodist minister in Michigan. She was surprised at the negative blow back from the state council to her presumption to become a female minister -- I had always thought the Methodists were more progressive than that. She finally got the support from her local minister who became her advocate and she was allowed to proceed. Oddly enough, her local minister was gay (although no one knew it at the time--I found out at her funeral two years later when he came up to me.)

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 22, 2012 1:50:21 PM

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