It's amazing how 14 simple words can profoundly affect a person and suddenly revive emotions and memories that sometimes seemed ages ago.
"Mom and Dad: I'm gay. And I'm afraid that you will stop loving me."
Just by reading that I am transported back in time when I was struggling with coming out to my family. The tears of anticipated loss, the fears of being disowned and abandoned, the dark shroud of loneliness reaching out and touching me with its chill fingers.
My heart goes out to the young man who is struggling to find the courage to tell his parents.