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United States of America PhOtOs-Crazy Parents Killed Gay Son by Forced 'Therapy'

'Christian' Parents, Want 'Conversion Therapy' Ban After Admitting They Killed Gay Son by Forcing Him to Have it


They reveal the horrific online abuse they endure ... and that's from liberals who are supposed to support them

  • Rob and Linda Robertson have devoted their lives to helping Christian parents accept their gay children after losing their gay son to an overdose
  • Ryan Robertson came out to his parents when he was just 12-years-old, but the devout Christians told him to fight his urges
  • Ryan would meet with his pastor weekly and attend reparative therapy, but at 18 it became too much and he ran away
  • Ryan was gone for 18 months and became addicted to drugs
  • 10 months after he returned, and his parents mended their relationship with him, he died
  • The couple is now being called 'murderers and abusers who should have just shot their son and did not deserve to be parents'

AP, 27 December 2014


The parents of a gay son whose death they feel responsible for and who have dedicated their lives to helping members of the LGBTQ community and their parents are being attacked by people who say they killed their son.


Rob and Linda Robertson of Redmond, Washington, learned their son Ryan was gay when he came out to them at just 12-years-old, but the devout Christians lived by the Bible, and as a result did everything they could to teach their son that he could fight his urges.

In the end he could not, and Ryan died of a drug overdose when he was just 20-years-old, something they frequently write and speak about, expressing how ashamed they are and how much they wished they had done everything differently.

After sharing their story however, Linda writes that she and her husband have been called 'f-king murderers, child abusers, people who should never have been parents, and self-obsessed narcissists, who demanded apologies from our son, without ever realizing that we were the ones who had wronged him.'
They have also been told 'that we might as well have shot our son, point blank, before he came out, because that would have been more merciful than what we did do.'

Linda responded to these attacks by saying she was shocked by the comments, but feels wretched and full of guilt and every single day realizes and has to live with the knowledge of how wrong she and her husband were in their treatment of their son.





Gone too soon: Ryan Robertson (above) died of a drug overdose when he was 20





Guilt: His parents, Linda and Rob Robertson (above), feel partially responsible as they thought Ryan should fight his homosexuality after coming out to them at just 12-year-old






Fighting the urge: Ryan would meet weekly with his pastor and attend reparative therapy in a bid to stop being gay



The Roberstons now travel around the country and are dedicated to helping other evangelical parents accept their gay children.

While they make it clear they never stopped loving their son, they do regret not accepting him for who he was.
They encouraged him to fight his feelings while attending reparative therapy and meetings with his pastor weekly as a teenager.

'Basically, we told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality,' said Linda.

And while this worked for some time, in the end Ryan could not deny his sexuality.
This led to him running off and using drugs when he was just a teenager they say, and going over a year without speaking to either of his parents.

'Suddenly our fear of Ryan someday having a boyfriend (a possibility that honestly terrified me) seemed trivial in contrast to our fear of Ryan’s death, especially in light of his recent rejection of Christianity, and his mounting anger at God,' wrote Linda on her Facebook page

When Ryan came back though after 18 long months, the family did accept him, and his boyfriends, but sadly their time together was short lived.
Just 10 months after returning Ryan overdosed after a night out with his old friends.

He died after 17 days in the hospital.





Memories: Now Linda and Rob travel around the country and are dedicated to helping other evangelical parents accept their gay children






Wise words: 'I grieve, not only for my oldest son, who I will miss every day for the rest of my life, but for the mistakes I made,' wrote Linda on her Facebook



'Now, when I think back on the fear that governed all my reactions during those first six years after Ryan told us he was gay, I cringe as I realize how foolish I was. I was afraid of all the wrong things,' wrote Linda.
'And I grieve, not only for my oldest son, who I will miss every day for the rest of my life, but for the mistakes I made. I grieve for what could have been, had we been walking by FAITH instead of by FEAR.'

Rob and Linda are now leaders of an HIV/AIDS Local Outreach Team, contributors to the website Biola Queer Underground, have started an LGBTQ group at their church, and speak out on behalf of the LGBTQ community around the country.
END


RIP with the Angels Ryan....
They and God don't care if you are gay....



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