You may recall the lone Alabama man protesting at a Roy Moore rally with a sign lamenting the suicide death of his lesbian daughter. The man’s sad vigil led to an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show and now, thanks to a wealthy gay couple, a scholarship fund in his daughter’s name.
The Birmingham Herald reports:
This week, Elliott Mitchell and Clark West, a gay married couple who live in Florida but who grew up in Alabama, set up the Patti Sue Mathis scholarship, a $100,000 scholarship for an LGBTQ student to attend the University of North Alabama.
Mitchell, 69, and West, 64, have been together 46 years since meeting as students at the University of Alabama. They are pledging their multi-million dollar estate to the Point Foundation, a national LGBTQ scholarship organization. Part of that donation will go to endowed scholarships of $1 million each to the University of North Alabama, the University of South Carolina and the University of Oregon. The foundation will also administer the Patti Sue Mathis scholarship in conjunction with UNA.
“In our older age, I really feel like we’re doing what our hearts want us to do,” West said. West said he can relate to some of the alienation Patti Sue Mathis must have felt. Son of a Baptist minister, West grew up in Dothan and said he was bullied in school, even by a teacher. He said he felt he alone and considered suicide.
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Father, who says he’s a local peanut farmer in Wicksburg, outside Roy Moore rally talks about losing his gay daughter at age of 23 to suicide. “I was anti-gay myself. I said bad things to my daughter, which I regret.” pic.twitter.com/J0oOU0EJI2
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