Singer Anita Bryant spearheaded the anti-gay movement in Miami in the 1970s.
In an episode of the “One Year” podcast, Sarah Green, Bryant’s granddaughter, said she told her grandmother she was gay on her 21st birthday.
Green says Bryant still believes homosexuality isn’t real and that she’s not sure if she will invite her grandmother to her same-sex marriage.
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Sarah Green said she dated her grandmother, anti-gay activist Anita Bryant, on her 21st birthday.
After Bryant, a famous and devout Christian singer, sang Green “Happy Birthday”, she told him that a husband would be in her future.
“And I just broke down and I was like, ‘I hope he doesn’t come because I’m gay, and I don’t want a man to come,'” Green said in an episode of the podcast. of Slate “One Year.”
It was then that Green said his grandmother told him that homosexuality did not exist.
Bryant, who was also a beauty queen and orange juice spokesperson, became an anti-gay speaker in Miami in 1977. In his speeches, Bryant said that being gay was a choice and a sin to rally the public against gay-friendly legislation, the Washington Post reported.
Now 81, Bryant lives in a world where same-sex marriage is legal and her granddaughter is planning her own nuptials with another woman.
Green said his grandmother told him being gay was an illusion created by the devil
When Green dated Bryant, Bryant told him to focus on his love of God, and it would remind him that she was straight, Green said on the podcast.
“It’s very difficult to argue with someone who thinks that an integral part of your identity is just an evil illusion,” Green said. “She wants a relationship with a person who doesn’t exist because I’m not the person she wants me to be.”
Green said she took pity on her grandmother for her anti-gay beliefs
It has been years since Green dated Bryant. She is now planning her wedding, but is unsure whether to invite her grandmother.
“I think I’ll probably end up calling her and asking her if she even wants an invite, because I really don’t know how she would react. I don’t know if she would be offended if I didn’t invite her,” said Green says in the episode.
Her father and Bryant’s son Robert Green said Bryant’s “face froze” when she learned of the engagement.
Suddenly his eyes widened, his smile opened, and the strangest sound came: ‘Oh.’ Instead of taking Sarah as she is, my mother chose to pray that Sarah would eventually comply with my mother’s idea of what God wants Sarah to be, ”Robert said in the episode.
Green said she didn’t hate her grandmother for her anti-gay views.
“I just feel a little bad for her. And I think as much as she hopes that I get it and come back to God, I hope she gets it,” Green said.
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