Belinda Carlisle and son visit Bakersfield to talk about his coming out experience

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Singer, Belinda Carlisle who made a name for herself with the all-girl rock band "The Go-Go's" is in Bakersfield sharing her story of being a mom to a young gay man.

"I was driving and you turned to me and you said 'Mom, I have something to tell you," said Carisle to her son, James Duke Mason.

Mason opened up to his famous mom about his sexuality, something she always knew, but was still surprised when the words actually came out of his mouth.

"When you're child tells you, or comes out, the first thing I thought was oh my gosh, what kind of world is he going to be up against .  There's still a lot of homophobia," she said.

The mother and son are talking about coming out, as part of an event hosted by the organization Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, also known as PFLAG.

"I always felt different.  I didn't know at the age of four or five, or six that it was being gay necessarily, I just knew in a lot of different ways, I wasn't a typical kid," he said.

"I think a lot of things that adults say like 'you're going through a stage,' makes us afraid that we're going to be rejected or not being taken seriously," said PFLAG participant, Aida Olivo.

Olivo joined her father, Juan for the discussion.

"It doesn't make a bit of difference what you're orientation is, we're all people and we're part of a community and we have to be very supportive of each other, especially in Bakersfield," said Juan Olivo.

Other families say listening to Belinda Carlisle and her son gave them hope and confidence with who they are.


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