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Towleroad reader Jack Freedman writes us:
I told my tough, ex-marine father I'm gay exactly 22 years ago this month. This is how it went…
I have been told over the years that I should publish the "coming out" letter I handed to my father in Sept of 1992. I have always brushed those comments away as just being compliments by people who care about me. Finally, however, I decided to post it on Facebook and the responses…both public comments and, even more so, private messages, astounded me. More than ever, people kept telling me, "This could help gay kids and parents of gay kids. It doesn't seem all that amazing to me, but I'm not a publisher…so what do I know.
The post, with the letter I actually gave to my father so long ago, is at this link to my Facebook page. I am happy to share it if someone who knows more than I do (i.e., most people) thinks it could help even a single kid.
Read Jack's story below:
Previously in this series:
How Three Restaurant Workers Restored a Gay Man's Faith in Humanity [tlrd]
#WHYILEFT What I First Thought Was a Consensual Leather Relationship [tlrd]