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"I've known for ages and it doesn't worry me"

Fri 6 Feb 2015 In: True Stories WayBack Archive National Library

"The message was hard to write," Sean says. It can be so hard to come out to your parents – but sometimes they say ‘I already knew’ and ‘I love you, no big deal’. This is what Sean’s dad did, in a moment he's sharing with GayNZ.com readers. Sean says it took him more than a year and a half after the rest of his family found out he was gay, to tell his dad. “The message was hard for me to write and send to my dad. I had already prepped the message on New Year's Day and was supposed to send it to my dad, but I got cold feet and left it in my iPhone's notes,” he says. “Each week I would go into my notes and edit things around to try and make it less weird on what to say. The message was hard to write especially hard to read it over and over to make sure it was just perfect.” He finally decided to send the message to his dad and was so overwhelmed with worry, he turned off his phone. Then he switched it on again: “Once I started reading the message I was crying, but it was happy tears of joy. I couldn't stop crying for 10 minutes. The response from my dad was what I called priceless because he already knew I was gay somehow, but it made my heart feel warmer with joy because I feel like I'm finally open to everyone. I can't believe I have the best dad in the world. I love you dad.”     Jacqui Stanford - 6th February 2015

Credit: Jacqui Stanford

First published: Friday, 6th February 2015 - 9:04am

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