Welcome!

Hello, lovely people!

For those of you who just saw The Ricki Lake Show, I want to thank you for stopping by. This blog is my little attempt to tell the story of how my mom came out of the closet after 25 years of marriage. Her declaration shook the foundation of our family.  It was shocking and difficult to handle at first, but her truth forced us to really look at our family, to remember why we loved each other.  I suppose we’d been taking that for granted, slowly drifting apart.  So in some ways, my mom coming out actually saved our family.

I’ve reposted a few of the early blog posts to give everyone a sense of what you might find on this site.  I hope you enjoy.

Oh, in case any of you are wondering, Ricki Lake is, without question, one of the most beautiful, kind-hearted people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, and I was born and raised in Kansas City, so that’s saying something.

Thank you again for stopping by!

23 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. I saw you guys on the Ricki Lake show and I can sooooo relate to your Mom’s story! I just recently, at nearly 40, came out. I have a 21 year old son and am a Pastor to boot….OH YEAH I’m from the hospitality state…MS–thank you for sharing your story very encouraging, here’s a link to my story! and yes your mom is beautiful…

  2. You are such a loving son and so lucky that you both have one another. You truly inspire me. I would love to catch one of your acts sometime if I’m ever in your area. I can imagine I’d be laughing big time. It’s great that no matter what you love your mom. You should be also proud of yourself for standing by her.

    • Thank you for the kind words, and honestly, my mom is such an amazing lady it’d be impossible to not support her. If I’m performing anytime soon I’ll be sure to let you know.

  3. Hi Anthony…I just saw you and your lovely mother on Ricki Lake and was immediately caugh up in this oh so interesting story. I’m not gay nor do I have a gay Mom but I was touched by the love of mother and son and the life you have. This is your story and we all have our stories. I was curious – how did your Dad react to the news? I have already saved your blog in my favourites and I wish you all love and happiness. Party on!

    • Thank you so much for watching and for visiting this blog, of course. It was difficult for my dad, initially. At first, I think he was hoping it was just a stage and that he might get a threesome out of it or something, and then got pretty depressed when he realized his marriage really was over. I wrote about my dad’s reaction and how we went to a therapist together in these two posts:
      Varying Degrees of Gay – Part 1:
      Varying Degrees of Gay – Part 2:

      Thanks again and I wish you all love and happiness as well!

  4. I think you’re awesome, dude. When and where do you perform?
    I’m not gay but my brother is and he came out to his wife of ten years recently. It was crazy and she didn’t take it well. Maybe it will get better for her and him (he feels really guilty and awful about it). He just couldn’t take not being true to himself any more. I totally get that.
    You were really funny and your mom was smart and kind. Good show.

    • First, thank you, and second, your brother has nothing to feel guilty about. My dad didn’t handle it perfectly either. It’s not easy news to deliver, but honesty is the only way to go. There’s no way to have a committed relationship without it. Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words.

  5. I did not think I was going to spend half my day reading a blog, but thanks to Ricki Lake, I am! You’re funny and poignant and that is hard to do. Thank you. So glad I was channel surfing and stopped on Ricki Lake. I will be following you!

  6. I saw your appearance on Rikki yesterday (as did many, it seems.) Loved it! Is that commedy routine you did regarding your story available on here or on YouTube? I’d love to see it!

    Oh, and Kansas City’s where it’s at, man! :)
    Take care, and God Bless you and your family!

    • Thanks for watching, and yes, I’m a big fan of Kansas City, as well. Some of my stand-up is on Youtube, but the better video is on Hulu. Here’s one link:

      And thanks again!

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