For nearly a decade, any trip Russo took home from college and later New York City ended with her mother bursting into tears.
"I think she was just wanting it to go away," Russo says.
When Kristin Russo came out at the age of 17, her Catholic mother withdrew – for a short spell, anyway. Like many parents of gay kids, Rose Russo was struggling to reconcile her daughter's sexuality with her own religious life. She spoke with her priest, who advised her that "under no circumstances should she close her door to her daughter or anyone else important in her life", Russo remembers her mother recounting.
It helped, but Rose was still grasping for perspective.
Gina Yashere is four-time winner of the Black Entertainment & Comedy “Best Female Comedian” Award.
You may keep telling yourself that he can change and honestly, he can.