Dear Hypothetically Gay Son

Inspired by a note written by a father disowning his gay son, John Kinnear has drafted a letter to his own unborn son, imagining what he might say after learning the same news. First, he expresses “surprise at his surprise.” He explains that this is surprise that such an important part of his son’s life and development could go unnoticed by his father, one of the people who most wants to know everything about him. After surprise comes reassurance and an affirmation of love and respect. Finally, he notes that there is an obligation to redo the father-son discussion about the precautions necessary to practice safe sex.

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