I know it's pretty shitty being gay and having a raving homophobe for a father. I can't even imagine what it's like to be gay and having a father who, in part, makes his living preaching homophobia, calling you a sinner, declaring your sexuality, your identity, a "brokenness." It has to be a trying experience to be torn between your family, your faith, and your very self.
Jermaine Jakes, son of T.D. Jakes, the noted prosperity theologian, was arrested last month cruising a Dallas-area park for gay sex. It's no real surprise that a man whose own identity likely brings him great shame (I'm merely speculating here, mind you) would find his best available sexual outlet in an anonymous encounter in the bushes of a public park.
T.D. has gone on record stating he "would never hire a sexually active gay person." The bitter twist here is that Jermaine listed T.D. Jakes Ministries as his employer on his arrest record. Of course, it is patently stupid for T.D. to make a statement like the preceding anyway. How the hell does he know who his employees are fucking? He can't. And he doesn't.
So, I wonder, what will be the outcome of this for father and son?
Will daddy change his gay-hating ways? Or will he make good on his position and kick his son from the flock, have him fired from his job at T.D. Jakes Ministries? Or perhaps Jermaine will, in the saddest (and most likely) scenario, resign from his position, duck into some gay-fixin' therapy, and quietly return six to eight days/weeks/months from now, 110% heterosexual?
Personally, I'd like to see Jermaine declare proudly, "Father, I am gay. Take me as I am."