I wish I had a gay grandfather!
In an interview over on NPR, Tony Perri talks about being married to a woman and having a family with her before finally coming out.
Tony Perri and his wife were married for 17 years. After 12 of those years, he came out to her.
Perri recalls telling a priest he was gay when he was 17, during a confession.
“I thought there was something a little different in me, that I was attracted to other men,” Tony says. “And the only advice he gave to me was, ‘Be careful who you tell that to, son.’ So I didn’t tell anyone for another 17 years.”
Jeffrey Perri, Tony’s eldest grandson . . . [came] out to his grandfather, although Tony was one of the last people to know. Jeffrey said he now looks up to Tony, and that his grandfather paved the way for him.
“I’m so lucky to have you in my life,” Tony says. “You are my role model.”
Listen to the interview with gay grandfather and gay grandson here.