I thought that my family would disown me

Added May 12, 2011

I grew up in Ohio in a very Roman Catholic environment, attending Catholic school, attending Mass every week. I always thought being gay was sinful and deviant. I tried very hard to be “straight” dating men until I started approaching my 40th birthday. I realized that my life was passing me by and I deserved to be in love just like everyone else. I finally had the courage to come out. I thought that my family would disown me; friends would be disgusted and want nothing to do with me. It turned out that the only one who was surprised was me. Just about everyone already figured out I was gay. Everyone accepted me and I was not disowned much to my amazement. I was scared to death but it all turned out fine. One of my brothers has a harder time with it than the rest of the family but he and his family love me like always. I finally fell in love with a woman and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I am no longer with her but we are still friends. I am currently in love with an incredible woman who I hope to spend the rest of my life with. Meeting Chely at the Fall River concert was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. Chely’s comfort with her fans and the time she spent with us is something we will never forget.