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Small-town boy

Growing up in traditional Indiana as a gay boy with a lesbian mum wasn’t easy for Sean Faris, but he’s now found a home in London, where he’s opening doors for himself and others…

Grew up in Indiana, an incredibly conservative state — even more so in the Eighties and Nineties when I was a kid. My family was always different because my parents are fairly liberal, and that sticks out in small traditionalist communities. Despite this, I wasn’t super-familiar with what ‘being gay’ was, because there were no examples of it around me.

That changed when I was 11. I’d just finished my first year of junior high and my mum and my dad sat down and explained they were divorcing because my mother was a lesbian. It was devastating — they weren’t separating because they were fighting, like most people: they were separating because they both liked chicks. My dad encouraged my mum to live her life — he’s an artist and has always been inclusive towards gay people, despite coming from a conservative family.

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