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To the Editor:

I was very moved by the letter, "How to tell your dad you're gay," published in the Grosse Pointe News May 2 issue from "A Loving Dad" about his son's "coming out."

It is truly sad that some try to create an atmosphere of hatred and fear around the issue of sexual orientation to the extent that children can become alienated from their parents, and have to live in fear of just being who they are. The pressure and anxiety it creates is a stress that no one who has not lived through it can imagine.

I know, because I had to come to terms with being gay myself. Fortunately, I have a wonderful, supportive family (indeed, my parents are visiting me this week) and live in a wonderful community where my neighbors and friends value me for who I am as a person.

It took me until I was almost 30 years old to "come out" because of all the negative messages so many try to send about homosexuality. I still struggle with issues of self-esteem, as do many gay people.

I don't know "A Loving Dad," but I can only imagine how much he has improved the quality of life his son will enjoy. Thank you for your letter and for what it means to your son and to all gay people.

E. Layton Dorey

Grosse Pointe Park

E. Layton Dorey
May 16, 2002

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