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Joan Kinney is the mother of Brian Kinney and Claire Kinney. She is a devout Catholic who believes homosexuality is a sin. Joan is the last of Brian’s family to learn of his sexual orientation. Her immediate response is that Brian, her own son, will burn in Hell. After Brian survived cancer, his mother pays him a visit after Debbie tells her about Brian’s ordeal while at church mass. Joan visits her son and claims God have him cancer as punishment for his homosexuality and should go straight. In response, Brian tells her off and claims he would “rather burn in Hell than spend one nice day in heaven with you”. Brian later thanks the Lord for making him hard and goes to Babylon to find Justin