Today is national coming out day. I came out to my father's side of the family when I appeared on T.V. in a black miniskirt at the state capital of Texas in a press conference.
We were announcing that we were suing the University of Texas to win the right for Gay people to meet on campus. I had to call my uncle and ask him to take grandpa out to dinner so he would not see me on the local news. Grandpa had heart problems and had to see a doctor after our last visit. The doctor was clear "Don't let that boy near him again."
The idea of me on the news in a black miniskirt at the state capital probably would have killed him. My father never discussed this with me directly.