Friends, family, and professors gathered at a student’s apartment for a “coming out” party, where Craig Lee, a sophomore at A&M, came out of the closet about his major.
Both of Lee’s parents graduated from Texas A&M with honors in biomedical sciences. His father Charles Lee became a cardiologist and his mother Mary Lee pursued radiology.
“First off, I just wanted to thank everyone for loving me no matter who I actually am,” Lee said. “My whole life everyone told me I was a doctor, but deep down I knew this wasn’t who I was.”
Lee’s father, visibly uncomfortable, shifted in his chair as his wife put a hand on his shoulder to reassure him.
“It just makes me wonder where I messed up, you know?” Charles said. “I did my best to provide an environment where my boy could flourish and follow in my footsteps, but I don’t know why he’s choosing not to.”
“But he’s still our son and we’re going to support him no matter what,” Mary said. “Right Charles?” Mr. Lee tensed his jaw and looked away.
Lee’s close friends looked on, eager to hear what sort of lifestyle he had chosen.
“I always knew he wasn’t going to be a doctor,” said Rachel Walton, a sophomore communications major. “Once you start talking to him it’s pretty obvious he’s not that type.”
Other friends were caught by surprise, like sophomore biomedical sciences major Justin McClean.
“He just seemed so normal, like one of us. None of us knew he was hiding such a big part of himself from the world,” McClean said. “But, like, we’re still cool. It’s not gonna get weird between us, hopefully.”
Ashlyn Williams, Lee’s academic advisor, sympathized with his situation.
“We get a lot of kids like him in our department,” Williams said. “It’s perfectly understandable for a young man his age to want to explore a new side of himself and I’m doing everything I can to support him through this.”
After Lee announced his plan to major in dance, his father was seen storming off muttering something about how he wished his son had just been gay instead.