James B. Stewart’s Coming Out Story: A Triumph of Love

Loves (usually) wins out, but sometimes it takes a while. James B. Stewart (DePauw ’73) illustrates this powerfully in the video below of yesterday’s DePauw University commencement address.

(The relevant portion begins at 8:30. I recommend watching the entire speech.)

Jim graduated from DePauw in 1973, and was not out to his parents.  In between then and yesterday’s speech, he became a lawyer, switched to journalism, won a Pulitzer Prize, edited Page One of the Wall Street Journal, wrote eleven best-selling books, was a founding editor of Smart Money magazine, and now writes for the New York Times.

He met a man, fell in love, and finally came out to his dad.

Who then firmly told Jim his partner would never be welcome in the home.  Who didn’t come to the commitment ceremony.

But Jim decided to keep loving his father, unconditionally. On his deathbed, his dad . . . well, watch the speech to find out what can happen when you just keep loving.

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2 responses to “James B. Stewart’s Coming Out Story: A Triumph of Love

  1. Jim Sgewart

    Eric, thanks for your kind remarks and for posting this. The response has been overwhelmingly gratifying. Of course there have also been some nasty and hurtful comments. To me the bottom line is that it’s a true story, and it’s up to the graduates and others in the audience to make of it what they will.
    Jim

  2. Louise Trinche

    Dear Mr. Stewart,

    I wanted to tell you how inspiring and moving you speech was. How fortunate the graduating class was to have you as a speaker, and I expect that for many of them, your speech will indeed be a defining moment that they won’t forget. Thank you especially for sharing the story of you and your father. What a great lesson in unconditional love. I so wish my brother had experienced a similar resolution with our dad, but it wasn’t meant to be, and my brother died of AIDS at 45 having spent his life with dad in a “don’t tell, don’t ask” relationship. Again, thank you for sharing such a touching and motivational story.

    Louise

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