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Man Disowned by Parents for Being Gay Blows Roof Off 'America's Got Talent': VIDEO


Jonathan Allen, a singer disowned at 18 by his parents because he was gay, took the stage on America's Got Talent last night and received not only a standing ovation, but acceptance.

Said Howie Mandel:

"Your own family disowned you, but with your talent, this show has become your family, and we'd like to say 'welcome home'. We love you. We accept you. And we're so proud that you came here."

Said Howard Stern:

"I don't know if your parents are watching tonight but I would like to say what a wonderful son you have."



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  1. Even gay kids from the south call their sexual orientation a 'lifestyle.' As though you can buy one at Walmart. That's how deep the homophobia bites.

    For the record, being gay isn't a lifestyle it's an orientation. It's built in. Like having blue eyes and black hair. Learn it.

    Posted by: Sundayboy | Jun 12, 2013 8:59:53 AM

  2. When you make it big, don't let them guilt you into something give them money.

    Posted by: Gus | Jun 12, 2013 9:03:29 AM

  3. WOW!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 12, 2013 9:14:15 AM

  4. Paul Potts & Susan Boyle had a luv child.......

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jun 12, 2013 9:21:48 AM

  5. What a surprising and beautiful voice. What a sad story. May his parents writhe in discomfort to see him speak of their infamy as he rises in the esteem of the world.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 12, 2013 9:22:53 AM

  6. kid when u make it big - DON'T BE A FOOL and except those bastards back in your lIfe- SHAME THEM......they'll JUST BE USING YOU for your $$$$ ...F them!!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 12, 2013 9:24:07 AM

  7. What parents throwing out their own kid? Sadly, many and shame on them.
    Wow he had an amazing voice!

    Posted by: nn | Jun 12, 2013 9:28:26 AM

  8. @ Sundayboy - You're preaching to the choir.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Jun 12, 2013 9:32:42 AM

  9. Quite moving and very well done but let's remember, all of these contestants are pre-screened. The judges were made aware of his plight and his strong singing voice. Howie's questions were the well-planted setup .

    *Sundayboy I couldn't have said it better. Being gay is NOT a lifestyle. It's not something you choose to do. It is inbred, you are born gay. If you are using that term to describe your sexuality then stop doing so.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 12, 2013 9:39:57 AM

  10. ....where are the opera trolls bitching about his technique. You let me down TR.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jun 12, 2013 9:43:23 AM

  11. No, this kid doesn't want to "shame" the parents. I'm sure he doesn't want to have to trundle around all that negative energy that comes with trying to shame or get back or humiliate. In fact, this is a good lesson for us gay men. We really don't have to carry that negative stuff around ouraelves -- it's weighing us down.

    Really beautiful genuine support from the judges, too.

    Posted by: will | Jun 12, 2013 9:43:59 AM

  12. I am bawling. This was amazing. bravo.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 12, 2013 9:51:01 AM

  13. Adorable cub.

    Posted by: Frank O'File | Jun 12, 2013 9:56:25 AM

  14. It's shocking to me that parents are still kicking their gay kids out of the house in 2013. I know it happens, but for someone who naturally assumed they be accepted and were almost 30 years ago it's unfathomable.

    But then my parents weren't Jesus-freaks. Religious yes, but not nutty about it.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 12, 2013 9:56:34 AM

  15. @Mike Ryan,

    You hit the nail on the head.

    Nothing on these shows happens by accident. Everything is pretty well choreographed and contestants are carefully chosen for a variety of reasons, mostly to appeal to advertisers target audience.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 12, 2013 9:58:08 AM

  16. IF this kid allows his parents back in his life - they'll JUST BE USING HIM.....they had NO PROBLEM SHAMING him, and kicking him out.....Forgiveness is one thing...but being a Sucker is another.

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 12, 2013 9:58:10 AM

  17. As an opera troll... he wasn't all that bad. There's need of lessons, obviously, but the raw talent is there. Hope that helps, QJ201.

    Posted by: yuninv | Jun 12, 2013 9:58:33 AM

  18. Beautiful story and such a strong and inspirational young man. Wonderful voice too.

    One thing that bugs me about these talent shows is the audience cheers and claps the whole time. Shut up! I want to hear the singer. Cheer after. (Ok, done with that rant.)

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 12, 2013 10:07:46 AM

  19. The sad thing is that this guy will probably never get a recording contract. Record labels are not interested in real talent and nor are they interested in gay men.

    Posted by: jason | Jun 12, 2013 10:10:47 AM

  20. Shame on his parents, and I hope his whole town sees how awful they look for tolerating such nonsense.

    Posted by: J Y | Jun 12, 2013 10:13:53 AM

  21. He's lucky he doesn't have "Jason" / "ratbastard" as parents.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 12, 2013 10:28:15 AM

  22. With a talent like that, I can't imagine he will be unemployed for too long.

    I hope his parents feel total shame 24/7 for how they treated him, but if they can throw him out on his 18th birthday,they probably won't bat an eye.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 12, 2013 10:32:26 AM

  23. ....where are the opera trolls bitching about his technique. You let me down TR.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jun 12, 2013 9:43:23 AM


    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 12, 2013 10:37:35 AM

  24. I hope he becomes famous and then spits into his parents eyes!

    Posted by: Peter | Jun 12, 2013 10:38:30 AM

  25. @Jason, that reminds me: whatever happened to Melinda Doolittle? That woman hasn't competed for years, and has still outsung the competition.

    Talent alone doesn't make anyone a star.

    As for recording contracts, the best way is the indie way. If he got signed to a major deal, then he'd have to change everything which made him unique in the first place, because the majors have their formula in place to maximize profits -- and the formula works.

    It's all up to what the kid wants, and hopefully it wasn't to be Pet Cinderella Cause of the Season.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 12, 2013 10:42:45 AM

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