I received an email yesterday from a gentleman whose son attended the University of Alabama last year. Let’s call the gentleman Mike. The email was about his son, who I will call Kyle.
Kyle lived in an apartment on the Alabama campus that he shared with a male friend, who I will call Chris.
Last year, Alabama played their SEC opener against Florida, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on September 20, 2014. Mike went to the game and spent some time with Kyle. Incidentally, Sunday, September 21 was Kyle’s birthday.
Before the game, Mike gave Kyle a birthday present, which was, the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This was given to him in the apartment where Kyle and Chris lived together. Kyle’s reaction was, simply, Embarrassment. The reaction from Chris was a little different. He just shook his head, as if he resented the gift from the father to the son.
Mike’s reaction was very different. He thought to himself, “What’s this all about?” In the email, Mike indicated that he suddenly got a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach.
This story gets worse.
At the football game, Mike, Kyle and Chris sat together. During the game’s first quarter, Mike noticed that Kyle and Chris were holding hands and touching each other in places where men don’t touch other men.
Mike was so embarrassed, he stormed out of Bryant-Denny Stadium, went back to Kyle’s apartment and waited for the game to end. When Kyle and Chris arrived at the apartment after the game, there was a confrontation like nothing you could ever imagine.
Mike said to his son, Kyle, “Please, tell me it’s not true.” Kyle responded, “I’m sorry, but I can’t help it. I’ve had these feelings for a long time, but didn’t know how to tell you.”
The last thing Mike wrote in the email was:
He’s never shown any of these homosexual tendencies before.
My response to him was:
Face reality. He’s shown them now. Forget about your ego. This has nothing to do with you. If your son is gay, there’s nothing you can do about it, Let him live his own life.
I received a second email from Mike. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal what he said. But I’ll tell you one thing. If was not:
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