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Michigan Family Adopts Disowned Gay Teen: AUDIO

Corey NicholsSo many gay children and teenagers who are disowned by their families wind up living on the streets with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Fortunately, Michigan teenager Corey Nichols was spared this fate when the parents of his friend Aubrey legally adopted Nichols as their own son after his family disowned him for his orientation.

Nichols tells of how his conservative family, his father in particular, consistently espoused vile anti-gay sentiment and suspected that Nichols was gay. When he came down with pneumonia, his family ignored his illness, leaving him so distressed and delusional that he told Aubrey how he planned to commit suicide. Aubrey's mother happened to see the messages and ran to get him, eventually nursing him back to health from a severe case of pneumonia. His family never once asked about him.

After he recovered, Nichols came out to his parents, who allegedly flew into a rage and called him the devil. Nichols ran away that night, and a few weeks later Aubrey's parents adopted him as their own. Nichols' parents never showed up to contest the adoption.

You can listen to the interview Nichols gave to Out in Santa Cruz about his disownment and adoption below.

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  1. Very uplifting story. More stories like these about this marvelous family who adopted the gay teen and fewer about homophobes please.

    Posted by: John | Mar 31, 2014 9:44:40 PM

  2. This is wonderful. Great story and parents. We need more shelters and support systems for LGBT youth who are abandoned or runaway from their families due to abuse.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 31, 2014 9:53:17 PM

  3. I hope he doesn't waste any more of his life trying to have a relationship with his former parents. Time to move on and never look back!

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 31, 2014 9:55:15 PM

  4. I think his family, or at least his father, should be charged with child endangerment!

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 31, 2014 10:17:12 PM

  5. His adoptive parents must be great people. Corey sure lucked out.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 31, 2014 10:21:32 PM

  6. If the White Supremicists can write a brief to the Michigan courts on same sex marriage appeal, then Cory should too. He should tell his story that he was raised by the "perfect" family of man and wife who are religious, and he almost died because of their neglect.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 31, 2014 10:52:24 PM

  7. Despite being 18 although still in high school, may I adopt that porn star Noel from Sean Cody Robert Marucci?

    Posted by: aggart | Mar 31, 2014 10:58:49 PM

  8. Sometimes you get to pick your family - congrats kid!

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Mar 31, 2014 11:53:24 PM

  9. There's 10 sides to every story these days, here is the mother's side: https://www.facebook.com/angie.nichols.399?fref=ts

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Apr 1, 2014 12:30:30 AM

  10. Christian love: Oxymoron.

    Like jumbo shrimp.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 1, 2014 12:31:21 AM

  11. Beautiful story, we have to do more for our own.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 1, 2014 1:16:31 AM

  12. I hope this kid becomes a billionaire and disowns his birth parents.

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 1, 2014 3:50:19 AM

  13. If you look at Corey's brother's facebook page (brother James) you can see that he's a bible thumper gun lover. Usually the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.

    Posted by: Roger | Apr 1, 2014 4:55:44 AM

  14. Randal Oulton:

    I am a natural skeptic. I don't take anything at face value and want to hear all sides. I appreciate your linking to the bio-mother's FB page where she gives her side.

    That having been said, there is absolutely nothing in the bio-mother's account that is credible. Her tale is that Corey was 1) a kid who was "always happy" 2) who was also a "master manipulator," 3) who came out as part of a scheme to drive the anti-gay father from the house, 4) and who had real problems which 5) she innocently thought were being faked as part of a second scheme to generate sympathy.

    She now simultaneously admits that Corey was unhappy and even potentially suicidal, even while she continues to insist that he was "always happy." She had no idea he was gay and didn't believe him, but she also knew that his coming out was part of a scheme to drive away the antigay father, an unlikely motive if she didn't think he was gay. It all makes so much sense!

    Anyway, the whole thing was a sort of combination manipulation scheme/misunderstanding, she assures us. And then, for some unexplained reason, an adult woman with a family of her own takes him in and cares for him. Because presumably that woman had nothing better to do with her time and money than to care for someone else's teenager. And the bio-mother allows this to happen. "Go on, perfectly happy kid who is being well cared for! Go and live with a stranger!" And then the bio-mother decides not to contest guardianship because of "all the stuff he put us through."

    It's insane. The fact that she thinks this drivel would be credible to the public is a demonstration of her lack of judgment.

    Oh, and it doesn't help her image as a good mother to have a posted link to an Adult Vines/p0rno video on her FB page on the same day that she posted her defense of her parenting. I didn't even know you could post stuff like that on FB. Jeez!

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 1, 2014 5:36:46 AM

  15. Good people! Thanks for helping one of us!

    Posted by: L G. | Apr 1, 2014 8:50:26 AM

  16. Here's what's interesting - if the bio-family was so concerned, why didn't they show up at the adoption hearing? Why didn't they contest?

    I despise liars.

    Posted by: Rev. Verdon Coleman | Apr 1, 2014 9:18:42 AM

  17. Act of true love from his new parents. I wish them all the best.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Apr 1, 2014 10:07:57 AM

  18. His birth parents must be destroyed. Their souls are escapees from Hell and they must be returned there forcibly by the forces for good.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Apr 1, 2014 10:26:55 AM

  19. How does adoption work in that state? Did the birth parents give up their rights? Key details are missing here.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 1, 2014 11:50:35 AM

  20. I'm so glad this story had a positive outcome. I worked for years with homeless and at risk youth, and I've seen first hand how kids are thrown out of their homes by parents due to their sexuality. So often kids end up on the street where they're exploited and abused. Thank god for that wonderful family!

    Posted by: rebarb | Apr 1, 2014 7:03:56 PM

  21. I went to the mothers facebook page and God! what a train wreck she is. Looking at the whole page it seems she is very interested in animals, Jesus and her other son James. James page is full of God and guns. What a charming family!

    Posted by: Liam | Apr 2, 2014 1:15:46 PM

  22. Another HUGE accolade to the adoptive family! Much like Jonathan Allen - the young man who came out and said he's gay on "America's Got Talent," it is the families who rejected these wonderful, COURAGEOUS young men who are the losers. And, a GREAT BIG hug to the adoptive family, and Corey! People do care, and as the website attests, we are "NOT all like that"!!! I think Corey can see that, and I hope other LGBT youth do, as well.

    Posted by: Rod Roddy lookalike | Apr 12, 2014 2:22:34 PM

  23. How does he earn his allowance with the new family?

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 14, 2014 3:04:20 PM

  24. Why is this beautiful blond child shirtless in his photo? :)

    Posted by: David | May 1, 2014 7:59:18 AM

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