Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "Coming out to family carries fear of rejection"

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Article "Coming out to family carries fear of rejection"

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This 1991 article by Collegian editor Kevin Kendall recounts the experiences of four LGB students (whose names were changed in the article “due to the sensitive nature of this story”) at the University of Richmond coming out to their parents. It was published the day after the Lambda Coalition for LGB students was approved as an official campus organization. Two of the featured students were lesbian women (“Jennifer” and “Catherine”), one was a bisexual man (“Robert”), and one was a gay man (“Michael”). Kendall establishes that the process of coming out is difficult, but doing so to parents is especially hard because, as “Jennifer” claimed, “No parent pictures their child growing up like this.” The article closes with a discussion of religious disapproval of LGB people and a quote from Assistant Dean of Richmond College and faculty advisor of the Lambda Coalition, David Braverman, who states that people who object to “the issue of homosexuality” should remember “mercy and forgiveness.”

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Kendall, Kevin. "Coming Out to Family Carries Fear of Rejection.” The University of Richmond Collegian 77, no. 18, (February 21, 1991): 2, 11. https://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL19910221.2.7&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-

Publisher

The Collegian, University of Richmond

Date

1991-02-21

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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Kendall, Kevin, “Article "Coming out to family carries fear of rejection",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 19, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3306.