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Gay Brother Refuses to be Kicked Out of Family
#1
I actually stole this from another forum, but it was so nice I wanted to share. Its an advice column from the Washington Post about a young guy who is looking for advice about his older brother who didn't let his parents kick him out of the family.

This is the website if you wanted to check it out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/...story.html

Quote:Dear Carolyn:

I’m 17 and moving away next fall for school. My older brother, who lives on his own, came out to our family 18 months ago. My mother (very religiously conservative) has “kicked my brother out of the family,” to use her words. She told him he was not welcome at any family functions.


My brother refuses to be kicked out. He shows up at family gatherings anyway, often bringing his partner. He also stops by the house sometimes to see my sister and me, and when Mom tells him to leave, he just smiles, tells her he loves her and then ignores her. He has told her repeatedly that “revoking his family membership” isn’t within her powers. He told her to revoke the law of gravity while she’s at it.
I’m tired of my mom’s constant complaining to me about my brother. I think she’s wrong, but I’ve stayed silent ’cause I still live at home, and the one time I suggested she might rethink things, she went into orbit.
My friends say I’m a coward not to defend my brother. I love my mom and I love my brother, but I’d like to get through the last of high school in peace. My mom might kick me out if I take a stand.


Quote:Utah
Your brother is an impressive human being.
He’s being true to himself, firm but loving with your mom, attentive to his sibs, crystalline in his imagery — be still my writer’s heart — all without being punitive toward the mother who rejects him for who he is. Wow.
My opinion of your friends . . . not so gushy. When their parents blackball their gay siblings and they have to decide between owning their beliefs and potentially losing their homes, then they can judge you.
Your brother and your friends neatly illustrate the difference between courage and bravado, respectively. One speaks up, and the other goads someone else to.
Now, your kick-out risk is debatable, since your mom hasn’t succeeded in kicking anyone out of anything, though maybe she just hasn’t figured out how yet.
But your story suggests your brother came out to your parents when he was already on his own, or soon to be. So this person of obvious courage also made the calculation that antagonizing the source of his nurture, food and shelter wasn’t the savviest move. I mean, what are the chances he first realized he was gay 18 months and a day ago?
You need to make a calculation now similar to your brother’s. That’s not to say you need to declare your truth the moment you leave the nest. It just means you have to balance what you believe against what you need and feel — and do that knowing you’re the one who has to live with the consequences. Literally and figuratively.
If it helps, your choices aren’t limited to either selling out for shelter or defending your brother. When Mom complains, for example, you can take a cue from your brother and say, “Mom, I love you and I love [Brother],” then excuse yourself to do homework/dishes/whatever.
You sound like a pretty good egg yourself; there’s no one way to assert that, and the only right way is the right one for you.
In the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't. You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair... but its the way things are. The choice is yours. ~ Zidane Tribal

Hope is comforting, it allows us to accept fate no matter how tragic it may be. ~ Yunalesca

"Απο μακρυά και αγαπημένοι παρά απο κοντά και μαλωμένοι"

There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met ~ Gonzo
#2
thanks for sharing this Doug, I think we should definitely share more sources of gay lore and gay news on this site... We can still answer the questions and follow the debates, if any are ongoing.
#3
I LOVE that story. Thanks for posting it XRIMO.
#4
Thanks. I was not just impressed with the brothers' story, but also how the advice columnist approached and responded to the boy. I wish there were more people like this around.
In the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't. You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair... but its the way things are. The choice is yours. ~ Zidane Tribal

Hope is comforting, it allows us to accept fate no matter how tragic it may be. ~ Yunalesca

"Απο μακρυά και αγαπημένοι παρά απο κοντά και μαλωμένοι"

There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met ~ Gonzo
#5
Awesome story. Thanks for sharing it!
#6
Fantastic , love it.~♥~
Thank you so much for sharing this.
#7
good story but I think the columnist misread the boy? thinking he was gay? thats what I was getting but he was trying to get advice to get peace between the mother and brother which he never got... hmm, maybe the columnist isnt too intelligent?
#8
ivorybenz Wrote:good story but I think the columnist misread the boy? thinking he was gay? thats what I was getting but he was trying to get advice to get peace between the mother and brother which he never got... hmm, maybe the columnist isnt too intelligent?

I don't think so, the boy is worried by siding with his brother that the mother will be angry and tell him to leave. The columnist doesn't insinuate at all that the boy writing is gay. She knows what she is doing Wink
In the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't. You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair... but its the way things are. The choice is yours. ~ Zidane Tribal

Hope is comforting, it allows us to accept fate no matter how tragic it may be. ~ Yunalesca

"Απο μακρυά και αγαπημένοι παρά απο κοντά και μαλωμένοι"

There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met ~ Gonzo
#9
It sounds like the gay son is demonstrating the nobler christian virtues of honesty tolerance and forgiveness,,,,the mother could learn from him but most likely will not. I hope the other son does though.


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