Charles Wood – Activism

Charles Speaking On:


“The phone rang.”

There’s one phone call we got [on PFLAG’s line] that I remember very distinctly. It was about 5:00 in the morning. We were asleep. The phone rang. The phone was on Ann’s side of the bed so she answered it. It was a father calling and I could hear him. He said, “I just found out my son is gay and I’m going to kill him.” Well, Ann kept talking and letting him talk, and finally calmed him down enough. We sent him some materials to his post office box. No name. Just post office box. Well, we didn’t hear of a man killing his son. So we don’t know how that finally worked out . . .


Source: Interview with Allegra McFarland, 2 April 2012; transcribed by J. Zander; edited by Laura S. Hodgman; audio held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, OH 975-5.