This story struck me as a reminder of how many GLBT people are oppressed in ways we can't even imagine. From the very moment they realize they're different, they're told to shut themselves down by the people closest to them- by their own 'support' groups. Stories like this exist in the milllions, yet people still survive and thrive to come out, be honest and be free. Yes, I'm throwing a 'bad assery' tag on here simply because this man, like many others, still had the strength to come back and confront his mother- then get the fuck away from her and take care of himself. Please listen to the audio at the source.
Threats And Lies, And 'Who I'm Supposed To Be'Source: NPR (Audio interview at the source) Nathan Hoskins told Sally Evans the story of how his mother tried to scare him out of being gay, during a visit to StoryCorps in Lexington, Ky.
Nathan Hoskins knew from an early age that he was gay. But when he was growing up in rural Kentucky, his mother took extreme steps to convince him otherwise.
"When I was in sixth grade, I had met a good friend and he wasn't interested in girls," Hoskins, who's now 33, tells his friend Sally Evans. "One day, he said, 'I have a Valentine's Day card for you.'"
"I asked him for it, and he said it was so special that he mailed it," he says. "And he didn't know he'd done a very terrible thing because at my house only one person got the mail — and that was my mother."
As Hoskins rode the school bus home, he tried to think of ways to intercept the card.
"But when I got off the bus, Mom had already checked the mail," he says. "And my mom came out and met me on the front steps.
"She had that envelope — and I could tell what it was 'cause it had little hearts on it, and you know, it was all cute and everything — and she'd asked me if I had read it."
Hoskins says he did everything he could to convince his mother he did not solicit the card.
"And she took me into the house and pulled her shotgun out of the closet. She loaded it in front of me and put it in my hands and told me to hold on to that. She led me outside, and she put me in the back of the car. And she drove out into the country," he says. "Now, when I say 'country' — it's no man's land.( Collapse )Source: NPR Storycorps