A gay guy from New Zealand has finally come out to his father. It happened after a year of his coming out to the rest of his family. This period was very nerve-wracking and emotional for him.
Sean Bailey became famous in New Zealand being reportedly discriminated by his boss who claimed that he was acting “too gay” at workplace.
“One of my managers said, ‘If you act gay on my shift, I will discipline you,’” Bailey told. “He also said, ‘If you turn anyone else in the store gay, I will punish you and make you lose your job.” “I had to call in sick just because I couldn’t work with him, which meant I lost work hours and money.”
Bailey’s case atrracted media attention, and it made him come out to his nearest and dearest exept his father. Guy felt a bit nervous about telling this his dad. His dad used to avoid news stories about his son and had no idea that Bailey was gay.
The test was the following:
“Well, dad…for a very long time my mind has been confused but I knew 2 years ago where I stand. I wanted to say that I love you heaps and that well…I am gay. It’s been really hard to tell you as everyone else in the family knows except you because to me it was going to be the hardest thing of my life was to tell you this sort of news.”
And then it was followed by dad’s response:
“I think you under estimate my intelligence son. I’ve known for ages and it doesn’t worry me. As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters. I still love you… cos you’re my son… unconditionally and never-ending.”
Bailey’s reaction was the followng: “I couldn’t stop crying because of what he had said but it was [happy] tears rolling down my face.”
This case proves once again that nobody should be afraid of coming out to their family. We hope it will encourage others who are struggling to come out to embrace who they are:
“[Y]ou will be loved for whoever you decide to be. Don’t hide who you are. Be the person you want to be and remember [you’re] not the only one.”