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Here she reveals what her hopes are for him and other homosexual teenagers Jodi with her son Kyle and dog Dudley My first crush was on a boy named Kal Raustiala when I was an eight-year-old in second grade.
He had shaggy, leonine hair, a pet iguana and a climbing frame in his basement. And when I was with him, I never wanted to leave.
It just sort of happened, in the way that love often does: After college, I had a friend who, like me, was naturally, instinctually and wholeheartedly attracted to boys. His name was Jeff. My roommate and I spent many Friday nights with Jeff and his partner Darryl, catching the latest movies and dissecting them over dinner afterwards.
Jeff was funny, smart and a technological whiz. In fact, the least interesting thing about him was that he happened to be gay. Gay rights is not something most of us think about — because most of us happen to have been born straight at no point before falling hard for Kal did I actively choose to be attracted to the opposite sex.
Only five out of 50 US states [plus Washington DC] conduct same-sex marriages, and only a handful recognise its legality. Meanwhile, same-sex couples and their friends and families argue that they deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples.
The result is a country bitterly divided along the fault line of a single contentious issue. People are always afraid of the unknown — and banding together against the Thing That Is Different From Us is a time-honoured tradition for rallying the masses.
On the other hand, those who have a gay uncle or a lesbian college professor or a transgendered supermarket cashier are more likely to support gay rights, because the Thing That Is Different From Us has turned out to be, well, pretty normal.
When I started writing Sing You Home, I wanted to create a lesbian character that readers could truly get to know.
Zoe Baxter is a woman who — along with her husband Max — has been trying to get pregnant for years. After many failed IVF attempts she finally conceives — only to lose the baby. The tragedy is the final nail in the coffin of her strained marriage, and she and Max divorce. To cope, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist.
As she begins to think of having a family again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos at the IVF clinic that were never used by her and Max.
But the mission becomes personal for Max when Zoe and her same-sex partner ask permission to raise his unborn child. What does it mean to be gay today?
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How do we define a family? Those are two questions I hoped to answer while writing Sing You Home. I began by speaking to several same-sex couples, who shared their relationships and their sex lives and their struggles.
Some of these people knew their sexual orientation in childhood; some — like Zoe — had same-sex relationships after heterosexual ones. They also back the Defense of Marriage Act, signed by Bill Clinton in although President Obama recently stated that he will no longer defend the actwhich allows any state to refuse recognition of any same-sex marriage performed in any other state.
Like Pastor Clive in my novel, their objection to homosexuality is Biblical. Snippets from Leviticus and other Bible verses form the foundation of their anti-gay platform; although similar literal readings should require these people to abstain from playing football touching pigskin or eating scampi no shellfish.
That circular logic was most heartbreaking when I brought up the topic of hate crimes. Focus on the Family insists that they love the sinner, just not the sin — and only try to help homosexuals who are unhappy being gay. I worried aloud that this message might be misinterpreted by those who commit acts of violence against gays in the name of religion, and the woman I was interviewing burst into tears.
Yet as eye-opening as all this research was, something else happened that truly made the subject hit home. My son Kyle, a brilliant, talented teenager, was applying to colleges while I was working on the book.
One day, he brought me his finished application to read. Jodi and her husband Tim with their children from left Jake, Sammy and Kyle Part of it, an essay, was about being gay. Did I know that Kyle was gay before he came out in his essay?Lewes school bans skirts for 'gender neutral' uniform The school that banned SKIRTS: Gender-neutral uniform policy angers parents as thousands of children across Britain are barred from class over.
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