Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

5. JOHN BROWN interviewed by his brother PAUL CORBIT BROWN

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Coming out to family members about being gay can sometimes be a difficult experience despite the fact that the family has known this individual since birth.  Do you agree that it would be better for the person to remain silent?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe John Brown’s coming-out experiences with his brothers and mother and how he became empowered when he talked on the radio show.  Tell the lesson that everyone should learn from his example

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.