I apologize as I know I've been venting a lot...but I am just upset with my family at the moment. A few days ago my mamaw calls my mother and says my aunt wanted her to share some news with my mother because she couldn't do it herself. Probably because my aunt predicted my mother's reaction. Mamaw says my aunt's son is gay. This made it official, but we have known for years. Mother said, "Yeah, and? We kind of already knew that." My mamaw said, "Well, I figured...but he's bringing his boyfriend to our get-together this weekend. And your sister wanted to make sure you'd still come knowing this." Mother responded, "Absolutely not. There is no way we can come if he's bringing his boyfriend. Maybe if you gave me more notice to work through all this, but this is too soon." So they didn't go. A couple things. We have "known" he was gay for years. Couldn't my mother and stepdad "worked through" this ten years ago? He is now in his mid-twenties and this is the first time he has wanted to bring someone to a gathering. He knows why my mother and her family didn't come, and that's so sad...that your own aunt can't even stand to be in the same room as you and your significant other. Does anyone have close family members this much against homosexuality who has close family who happen to be gay? Do you stay out of it? Do you ever try to talk to them about their feelings in hopes you can persuade them to be more accepting?