Mommie Dearest

Mother who organized Straight Pride blames her gay son for their bad relationship

Matthew Mason

The battle over Straight Pride continues, as Mylinda Mason, the mother of activist Matthew Mason, has slammed her son for their poor relationship despite confessing to her own homophobic attitudes.

Matthew Mason has hotly criticized a Straight Pride event organized by Mylinda and scheduled to take place in Modesto, CA. Now Mylinda has lashed out at her son for destroying their relationship. In an NBC News interview, Mylinda dismissed her own role in her relationship with her son, saying “homosexuals in general pull away from family and friends at some point.”

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“All I can say about my son is that I have read a lot of the word ‘hate’ out there and I do not hate my son, I do not like my son, I do not love my son, I adore my son — and I want my son in heaven ultimately with me one day,” Mylinda adds. “And so I will remain firm on standing what I believe are biblical family values.” She also defended the Straight Pride rally, saying “I think that the word ‘pride’ has been stolen, if you will, or hijacked by the evil one, and I want to say that we are taking pride in our God almighty, in our creator, and in his order.”

Matthew Mason came out at age 19 and became estranged with his family shortly thereafter. Both he and Mylinda also say that she took him to anti-LGBTQ protests when she began to suspect he was struggling with his sexuality. Mylinda had hoped it would “cure” him of his homosexuality. For that reason, among others, he now speaks out against his mother, and Straight Pride, which he insists is a white supremacist event. Mylinda Mason denies the allegation.

“Mylinda constantly talks about revisionist history, but really her style of history is the one that’s revisionist,” Matthew says. “The genocide of the indigenous population of North America was not ever covered in our home-schooling. I learned about ‘the white men that built the world,’ to quote Mylinda, but as I got older and I got a little more aware of history, I realized that these white men who built the world built it on the backs of people of color, of slaves, and through genocide.”