In his weekly "The Final Word" column for USA Today, "Out of the closet...well, almost ,"
features reporter Craig Wilson recalled in Wednesday's newspaper: "I
once knew a gay youth who was bullied. Me." He soon, however, pivoted to
"when I came out to my parents, they were not surprised." But, "the
real trouble came when I told my mother I had become a Democrat."
Wilson recounted in his November 10 "Life" section column:
My dad was still alive and sitting in the living room.
She just stared at me for a moment. "Please don't tell your father this," she said. "It'll kill him."
And so I lived the life of a closeted Democrat and Dad lived for several more years.
He never asked, and I never told.
- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here  to follow him on Twitter.