Agony Aunt Replies To Parent Asking For Advice On Gay Son

One of the Washington Post Agony Aunts is being celebrated after publishing a response to a parent who was scared their son might be gay to try “changing their own sexuality”.

In her advice column ‘Ask Amy’, Amy Dickinson sarcastically told the reader they should teach their son “an important lesson” by attempting to become gay themselves.

Amy then went on satirically mocking the parent’s homophobic views by adding they could show their son “that a person’s sexuality is a matter of choice – to be dictated by one’s parents, the parents’ church and social pressure.”

Since the article went live, Amy has had numerous messages on Twitter giving her praise and support.

The letter reads: “Dear Amy, I have recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out, they will make fun of me for having a gay child.

“He won’t listen to reason and he won’t stop being gay. I feel as though he is just getting back to me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years – I have a busy work schedule.

“Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you — Feeling Betrayed.”

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By Hannah Jones

Hannah is a Manchester based writer who has spent many years studying and working in the field of journalism and psychology. Hannah enjoys swimming, meditation and dog walking. Her favourite quote is, 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.'