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What is the best way to deal with your son's homosexuality?

Alphonse and I always knew that our son was gay. When he was young he liked bathing with his brother, he likes to entertain people reproducing his favorite Broadway shows (Hello Dolly, Mame, and Bye Bye Birdie), he also enjoys singing the libretto from Mozart's Don Giovanni. He always tells his grandparents that his dream is to do a command performance for the Queen of England of the HMS Pinafore at the Royal Albert Hall in London. We were planning on giving him a coming out party at the Venetian here in Las Vegas because it is his favorite venue. He's quite precocious for a ten year old because he wants to bring his boyfriend and also lead the singing. Are we wrong to encourage him?

Asked By: Samson Solomon - 6/9/2007
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You want to give him a coming out party? I've never heard of such thing. First of all, it's not up to you to let others know of your son's sexual orientation. That is for him to do. If he wants to perform, that's fine, but what you want to do is quite odd. And I don't know of any parent, of a gay or straight child... More
Answered By: 2Beagles - 6/9/2007
Additional Answers (17)
great job stringing everyone along with your ridiculous "question."
Answered By: sinistermooess - 6/9/2007
 
No, he is your son and you should love and support him no matter what. Go you for being such a understanding parent.
Answered By: Whisper - 6/9/2007
 
I don't think you can do anything but what you are doing. You accept his homosexuality and love him for it. He is no different regardless of what society may throw at him/you. Cheers to you.
Answered By: texacore - 6/9/2007
 
You had me going until you said he was 10.
Answered By: la buena bruja - 6/9/2007
 
OMG! He's only 10! Crazy
Answered By: Jes-c - 6/9/2007
 
A coming out party? For a 10 year old? Hey, if you've got money to blow, then do whatever you like. The real question is what does your son plan to wear... More
Answered By: belinda - 6/9/2007
 
Ya las vegas and a 10 year old?if u didnt mention tht ppl wud believe u
Answered By: JJ - 6/9/2007
 
Wow! Gay, ten years old.... and has a boyfriend. Coming out party?... but I thought it's obvious to everyone that he is gay. I guess you just have too much money... More
Answered By: justmemimi - 6/9/2007
 
It' never wrong to encourage your son to achieve his dreams. My friend Joel loves to watch musicals and sing. However... he's not gay. I would definately put your son into an acting class or drama class to learn more about acting and entertainment. However... about throwing him a "coming out" party... why not just have... More
Answered By: eyelvU_98 - 6/9/2007
 
He is too young to really know his sexuality. His hormones haven't even kicked in yet as he has not reached puberty. I would not announce anything yet. He is so young he is still trying to find himself. If you have a coming out party at age ten, when he really finds himself later, when he reaches puberty and matures... More
Answered By: Susan F - 6/9/2007
 
I'll attempt to think this is Not a joke ?- nothing wrong with your son being gay, no need to encourage or discourage it, but 10 yr olds of either sex should not be encouraged ot bring 'dates' to events.
Answered By: magy - 6/9/2007
 
I'm actually having a little trouble believing your son is actually gay, and instead am offended for all gay people AND all straight people who like theater that you put this question up, further perpetuating the stereotype and making yourself look like a bigot with a sense of humor to mask it.
Answered By: Mandy S - 6/9/2007
 
I think it is great that you are supportive, but at 10 a 'coming out' party might be a bit pre-mature. I think maybe he needs more time to come into himself and to be sure that this is who he REALLY is.
Answered By: One Race The Human Race - 6/9/2007
 
A 10 year old is still changing, and he hasn't gone through puberty yet! You need to wait until he's 16 or 17 when his hormones and mind are finished changing, and then talk about it. And a "coming out party"--no.
Answered By: .:Blair:. - 6/9/2007
 
he might be precocious, but you should not have a huge party to announce to the world that you think your son is gay. ten-year-olds should not be in a Vegas style setting. you need to let him be himself.
Answered By: Jersey Girl - 6/9/2007
 
Encouraging your son to be himself is not wrong... Making the fact that he is gay seem like thats all he is... Is. I mean remember, he is only ten... I think thats what I read. Most ten year olds don't even know what it really is to be gay. I say wait until he is 16 or so to give him his party... I do however think it'... More
Answered By: ashley h - 6/9/2007
 
what you're doing for your child makes you one pair of very smart parents. some parents don't even want to fathom that their child is gay, and you are very much aware of his sexuality, 'n evidently his boyfriend. i'm 21, use to be the all-around child, all-around gymnast 'till 19, concert pianist and violinist, 'n to... More
Answered By: dBug - 6/9/2007
 
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