The odds of a man who lives in Suffolk, Massachusetts being gay are 1 in 1.7 million, according to an estimate released Thursday by the Boston Globe.
The man, who was born in South Dakota but grew up in Suffolk and is the father of four children, is known as a “gay-straight alliance” leader.
His life story has become a rallying cry for gay rights advocates.
The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, said the man, named Richard, who lives on the South Shore, is a self-described “gay and lesbian” who has been active in the gay-straight alliances.
His social media pages include a photo of him in a pink shirt with a pink bow tie, the paper reported.
“I was raised Catholic and a Baptist, so I was really very, very religious, but I was raised a Catholic,” Richard told the newspaper.
“So I have always been very religious.
I love Jesus and I’m very passionate about the gay community.”
Richard was raised in the Catholic Diocese of Northampton, and he said he was a “homosexual Christian.”
But his social media profiles, and those of his friends, show that he identifies as a straight Christian.
Richard said he has never been in trouble with the law.
But the newspaper said he told a relative last year that he was gay and that he “didn’t feel safe in my own home.”
Richard has lived in Suffolk for over a decade, and was recently asked to move into a two-bedroom home in Boston.
He is staying at the home while his family works on his divorce, the newspaper reported.
Richard’s story has resonated with people around the world.
In May, the Vatican issued a statement welcoming Richard and his family to Rome.
“This is a very good sign that the Church is welcoming people to God and family in a way that has never happened before,” the statement said.
“We hope that people of faith in the Church can understand and love their gay brothers and sisters.”