The following speech was given by Erin Sutton, A&S '16, at BC Ignites on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013. It has been edited for formatting purposes only.
My mother called me into her bedroom. She was crying, and told me that there was something we needed to discuss. I walked in with an artificial look of surprise, already knowing everything that she was going to say. It was the summer of 2005. I had just turned 12, Pope Benedict had just been ordained, and my brother, Will, was coming out of the closet. My mother was taken aback, I couldn’t understand her surprise. My older brother and I are extremely close and I had known about him for a while. Usually a ray of light, a father figure to me for most of my life, he had become reclusive and self-loathing. I remember, as a child, praying before bed for him to get the strength to tell my family about his sexuality, so that the “Old Will” would return.