Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Think of the Child First: A Novelty in Child Adoption

On today, there was a news-bit on gay adoption in the state of Florida, a state that has become known as being notoriously anti-gay and lesbian adoption, thanks to the days of Anita Bryant of orange juice fame. The other two states that outlaw gay adoption are Utah and Mississippi. State Sen. Nan Rich believes that the best interest of the child should be considered first and foremost in adoption. Click here for more.

At last night's panel discussion on gay and lesbian-headed households at UNC's School of Social Work, I heard the story I've heard, and played, often in my life: in which we who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents go into the closet at times in "protecting" our children from others who may or may not like us, simply because we are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered.

Bottom Line: The politics and the culture of this nation will only change if we are out in our daily lives. Yet this is easier said or written, than done.

It is time to change.



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