Three decades ago, when Harvard sophomore Alex Baker confided in his mother that he was gay, she consulted a therapist, who told her that her son faced a miserable future, “without any meaningful relationships.”
Alex, a self-described nervous wreck, then called his older brother, Charlie, and asked to meet.
“They were scary words to say,’’ Alex said, recounting how he conjured up the nerve to tell his sibling that night in 1981 that he was gay.
But Charlie Baker took the news in stride, even telephoning their mother to assure her.
“He said, ‘No big deal, I have a couple of gay friends,’ ’’ Alex recalled.
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