The A.V. Club published a new installment of standup Cameron Esposito’s ongoing column “Who in the World Is Cameron Esposito?” today, and this time Esposito decided to interview her conservative Catholic father about his struggle to accept her sexuality after she came out, and how it’s affected his faith. While it took him a while to come to terms with everything, he eventually became what she calls “a warrior on my behalf.” Here’s an excerpt:
CE: When I was 25, I moved back to Chicago from Boston. Not long after I moved back, you apologized to me for the years you’d struggled with my coming out. What had changed for you that made you apologize?Dad: One day I woke up and remembered holding you the moment you were born. I remembered feeding you, changing your diapers, singing to you, playing with trains, teaching you how to make a bow and arrow, cooking together, and many other wonderful moments. I remember it like it was today. I had a lightening-bolt thought—she is still my baby, my daughter, whom I love so much. And I thought, “WHAT CAN I DO TO SHOW HER THAT I LOVE HER?” I called you and asked your forgiveness, and I told you how much I love you. You paused; you were quiet. Then you courageously said, “Thanks Dad. I love you too. I forgive you.”
Read the rest over at The A.V. Club.