Sally Kohn: Coming Out to My Parents

Breaking the news as a teen I expected an epic clash. What happened was epic indeed—and still affects me decades down the line

by Sally Kohn
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Photograph: Yaus + Junko

I think my parents gain a lot from their gay-rights work. Now that they’re both retired, they especially value being connected and helpful in their community. Plus, after being decisively uncool in the ’60s and ’70s, they’ve become the folks throwing parties with lots of gay people drinking spritzers. Hopefully, that’s enough reward, since I may never be able to show just how awestruck and grateful I am.

But I’ll keep trying. Maybe I’ll make them something. Like matching scarves. I’ll use the machines. 

Sally Kohn is a writer, television pundit and communications consultant. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Salon, Reuters, USA Today, Politico and Time. Along with her partner and their daughter, Sally lives in Brooklyn, within visiting distance of her parents.

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First published in the November 2013 issue

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