Gay activist speaks out about his father trying to take his rights away
Texas Republican politician Rick Miller tried to repeal LGBT non-discrimination laws – to the dismay of his gay activist son.
Rick Miller believes that laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination are “discriminatory toward me”. According to the Dallas News he said: “I’m a person who believes in individual liberty and freedom, and I don’t discriminate personally.”
But his son, Beau Miller, begs to differ. Beau says: “My dad wants people to be able to have the opportunity to discriminate against his own son.”
Rick says of his son’s sexuality: “I personally feel that’s a chosen lifestyle.”
But father and son are both keen to rebuild a relationship, despite their differences.
Beau brought his boyfriend of four years to visit his family at Christmas – just before his father filed the anti-gay bill.
He said: “We were invited to Christmas, and I thought that was a good step. We talked like families do. It was just a really good moment.
“I do love him, and I love him unconditionally. I don’t have to like everything he does.”
Since his father made the proposals, they have not spoken beyond exchanging a few text messages.
Rick says: “From my wife and I’s perspective, it’s up to him. We’ll want to talk to him. We’ll want to get together with him at Thanksgiving and Christmas.”