Rob Portman’s son writes about his “coming out” experience

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In the Monday edition of the Yale Daily News, Will Portman, Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) son, wrote about the experience of coming out to his mother and father as a Yale freshman in 2010. The revelation that his son was gay would eventually change the Ohio lawmaker’s position on marriage equality, making him the first sitting Senate Republican to endorse same-sex marriage.As Will wrote for the Daily News:I came to Yale as a freshman in the fall of 2010 with two big uncertainties hanging over my head: whether my dad would get elected to the Senate in November, and whether I’d ever work up the courage to come out of the closet. I made some good friends that first semester, took a couple of interesting classes and got involved in a few rewarding activities. My dad won his election. On the surface, things looked like they were going well. But the truth was, I wasn’t happy. One night, I snuck up to the stacks in Sterling Library and did some research on coming out. The thought of telling people I was gay was pretty terrifying, but I was beginning to realize that coming out, however difficult it seemed, was a lot better than the alternative: staying in, all alone.Continue Reading…

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Rob Portman’s son writes about his “coming out” experience

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