Michael is in his room with his mother. He appears nervous and she is wary that things aren’t all right with her son.
So I told Malcolm you’d be over at about 9.
Yes, mom, well about that.
You know, I like Malcolm. He’s a real nice guy.
Yes, well, I’ve been wanting to talk to you about that.
About about you and Malcolm?
Well, yes, about me and Malcolm.
OMY GOSH!! I knew it! I tried not to think about it.
Mom, no! It’s not what you think.
It’s not what I think?
No! I’m notâ€¦.
You’re gay. Just say it. YOU ARE GAY!
But, Mom, I’m…
I should have guessed it early on, but a mother has certain dreams and…
Mom, would you stop?
Why? Why should I stop??
Just listen to me, Mom! I’m not GAY!
It’s ok, Michael. I support you.
Then you should understand me when I tell you Malcolm’s not my boyfriend.
Should we go shopping together? Would that help you with this, somehow make it easier?
No, Mom. I think we should PRAY together.
Pray together?!? What are you saying?
Oh, no not THAT!! Oh, God no!
Yes, Mom, God actually did have a BIG part in this.
Tell me you’re not.
Yes, Mom. I’m born-again.
Where did I go wrong?
It’s ok, Mom.
It’s ok? That’s all you have to say? It’s ok??
Yes, Mom. In fact, everything’s better than ok.
That’s easy for YOU to say. What about me? Now whenever you’re around, I’ll have to wonder. Are you praying? Is my dress too short for you? Can I drink this around you? I just don’t know if I can handle this –
Mom, YOU don’t have to change anything. Everything’s going to be fine.
Is there a support group? I think I could really use one about now. I can see it now…Hello, is this Parents and Friends of Born-Again… PFAB… even THAT doesn’t sound good!!
You don’t NEED a support group that’s what Church is for.
That’s easy for you to say. Oh God, er gosh, golly gee whiz. What will I tell my friends when they ask?
The truth, Mom. Tell them the truth.
You know, Michael, I can’t help thinking this would have been so much easier if you’d just been GAY!