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StoryCorps is made possible through funding from State Farm, the Atlantic philanthropies, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. And most importantly, through the support of participants and listeners like you nation wide.

 

 

Hello, and welcome to the StoryCorp podcast, in this episode, we’ll hear from Robert Madden. He grew up in Mississippi during the 1960s and he was close to both of his parents. He tells us he can talk to them about anything. But here he tells us a friend about one topic that kept them talking for years.

 

When I was ten, I told my parents I was going to marry a man when I grew up. And mother, you know, growing up in a farming community, she was like, as the priest Tony, I don't know, and when I decided to start living openly, I came out to them again. Because my mother had always told me: "we can handle anything as a family as long as you tell us first". I don't wanna hear about it from friends or strangers. So I told them, and my father was very cool with it right away. He said "it doesn't matter to me if you spend your life with a man or with a woman as long as you make it something you can hold your head up about." My mother took sometime because she thought it was her fault and she felt guilty about it.

 

My grandma said to her, "you’re missing out on a beautiful relationship because you can't accept this about him. He is still the same person you raised and that we all grow up with, " and I went home to visit my mom. And this particular night, she asked me if I would stay up with her idea, and she just started asking me all these questions. Wow, it was like between two men and what could we possibly do and all that kind of stuff. It's just like if you are embarrassed and you know, you don't need to answer. And I think I won't embarrass to shock what you ask me." And she said "I wanna know."

 

So I explained to her, and she sat there with a straight face. And afterwards she just went "Hum, just curious". In October of 2006, when my mother was passing, she put a hand on my face and she is still so precious, she said "I love you." And I said "I love you too, mom". And she said, "No, I mean unconditionally".

 

I was astounded, there's just such open, beautiful acceptance. It's just the greatest gift she could have given me.

 

That's Robert Madden with his friend Tom Curfew in Los Angeles.

 

Major support for StoryCorps provided by State Farm and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Our podcasts are supported by the Fetzer Institute as part of its campaign for love and forgiveness. Learn more at loveandforgive.org.

 

Our StoryCecorps interviews are housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  And you can catch StoryCrops on the radio Fridays on NPR’s morning edition. I'm Michael Gaffalo, for the StoryCrops podcast, thanks for listening.

 

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