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

 

Hello, and welcome to the SroryCorp podcast, in this episode we will hear Robert Madden. He grew up in Mississippi during the 1960s and he was close to both of his parents. He tells us he could 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 decide to strive living openly, I came out to them again.

 

His 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 that it doesn't matter if you spent your life with a man or woman as long as you can make something you can hold your head about.

 

My mother took some time because she thought it was her fault, and she felt guilty about it. My grandma said to her, you are 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 grew 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 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 (just shocked that you would) ask me, and 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 (her) hand on my face and she said, "You are so precious." She said, "I love you!", I said, "I love you, too, mom." And she said "No I mean unconditionally.

 

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

 

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

 

Major support for StoryCorps is provided by State Farm and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Our podcasts are supported by Fezter Institute as part of campaign for love and forgiveness. Learn more at loveandforgive.org. Our StoryCorp interviews are housed at the American Folk Life Center the library of congress. And you can catch the story on the radio Fridays on NPR's mornig editon.

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