Family adopts 15-year-old gay teen after being disowned by birth family. (x)
15-year-old Corey Nichols was adopted by his best friend’s parents after being disowned by his homophobic birth family. The Michigan teenager recalls his father saying, “If any fag lived in this house, I would shoot them in the head with a shotgun.”
After getting drunk one night, Corey developed a fever. Suspecting he might be gay, his parents ignored him. Delirious and suicidal, he chatted with his friend Aubrey online at 2 o’clock in the morning days later. “I am desperate,” he wrote. “Things here are so bad, I want to slit my wrists. I am not kidding.”
Aubrey’s mother, Mindy, noticed what was on the screen and went to pick Corey up. He was almost blue from pneumonia when they returned home. Mindy and her husband Dale nursed Corey back to health for the next two weeks. Corey’s parents allegedly never inquired about him during that time.
Corey returned home after recovering and came out to his mother, who then passed the news on to his father. Corey told LGBT radio program Out In Santa Cruz, “He was yelling and screaming about how a fag was living in his home and he can’t believe the devil was in his presence. I locked myself in my room when my brother came home. The first thing my father did was tell him about how his brother was nothing but a worthless fag.”
Corey took refuge in the bathroom after his parents and brother tried breaking down his bedroom door. Once they were asleep, he left the house and went to Aubrey’s. “Initially we set Corey’s bedroom up in our basement,” Dale said. “We gathered what we could since he didn’t bring anything with him. His first bedroom in our home was made of walls with moving blankets tacked to the ceiling. There was a bed, a nightstand, an old dresser and a box fan. That kid was so freaking happy … Made me cry to see Corey with next to nothing and be happy about it.”
Mindy and Dale filed a petition to formally adopt Corey weeks later. On the day of the court hearing, Corey’s birth family wasn’t present to contest the adoption. Mindy told Out In Santa Cruz, “I want the world to know that Corey is a beautiful human being. I want the world to see Corey’s pain and know it is not necessary. Sexuality is such a small part of who we are. First and foremost Corey is a loving, genuine, caring, intelligent human being. Who he is attracted to and who he marries is of little significance.”