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Thank You Boy George

Culture Club, 1983. L-R: Jon Moss, Boy George,...

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Throughout my high school days and into my first year or so of college, I had come to the conclusion that I would want to tell my mother that I was gay.  The problem was, how did she really feel about gay people.  I did not have a clue.  I did not know how she felt until one night we were watching the Grammy Awards and Boy George and Culture Club were up for the award for best new artist.  When it was announced that they had one I felt some pride.  Here was an openly gay man winning something important.  Of course my brothers had to crack a few jokes about the members of Culture Club being gay, when my mother chastised them and said, “I don’t care whether they’re gay or not, I like their music.”  Hearing this, I smiled and went to bed knowing that when I was ready to tell her, it was not going to be as bad as I thought.  Maybe a few years later I finally told her and her reaction was wonderful.  I was her son no matter what and she loved me no matter what.

Here is Boy George’s acceptance speech via satellite from the U.K.

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  1. June 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Another great piece of writing, my old friend!

    Ah, the ever sweet-and-sassy Boy George … I was just out of high school, hugely pregnant with my daughter, married, living a Jerry Springer lifestyle – 11 people in a three bedroom plus rec room, and my neice had on MTV … and that was how I first heard Boy George. I can remember saying to Lisa, “Wow! She’s a great singer!” and Lisa insisting she, was a he … snot-nosed jr high school kid, right? what did SHE know?! ;- Well, I learned alot that day, and every day that I listened to Boy George, which I’m going to do again, here – ty, Patrick!!!

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