"Adam says Martín's experience at Howell Elementary School has been positive. During the first day of school last year, the teacher saw Adam's wedding band and told Martín, "Your daddy can pick you up, or your mommy can pick you up." Adam remembers: "(Martín) said, 'I don't have a mommy; I have two dads.' 'That's cool,' she said, and she learned very quickly to get with the program, and she did. She was great."
Chalk one up for the teachers! If anyone understands family dynamics and the "new face" of the American Family, it is those of us in the trenches. I am not surprised at all at the attitude and cooperative spirit of Howell Elementary staff...they were always cutting edge when it came to social and family issues in the time I was working there.
I wish Martín and his family all the success in the world, despite Arizona legislation and moral imperatives. In the end, it's families and communities that really matter.
Got to love moral legislation...at always works so well for everyone.
I have known several LGBT couples who have adopted kids. They are inspiring, beautiful people and I am so grateful that they are there to provide these kids a great home.
Results from the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), found that children raised by lesbian mothers scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression. Of course I live in AZ and we raise redneck and Mormons. So of course AZ wants to keep their children a little less intelligent. But studies are studies, which show you that leave it to oemn to get the job done correctly!
This is very timely, because World on Arizona Public Media just featured a few days of documentaries about the history and struggles of LGBT Americans, from the late 50's to present day. It was heart-breaking to see how heavily marginalized gay citizens were in those days... it is apparent, however, though not everything has changed, there has definitely been some growth in the collective consciousness in regards to LGBT lifestyles in this country. This is assuming that they are no longer arrested (as recently as 1968, is what I saw). In Arizona, if our state government has its way, this practice would surely be revisited!
There may yet be hope for our society, as we finally wake up to the diversity and beauty of life on this Earth...people included.
The only one of the people featured in your story whom I know is Laura Briggs, with whom I've been acquainted for 15 years through church and other community involvement. She, Jennifer and Jackson will be greatly missed by this community. Thanks, Jennifer and Laura. Vaya con Dios!
Though I've met Jackson, he is only 9 months old, and the only person in the story whom I really know is Laura Briggs. Laura's departure will be a real loss to Tucson, to the UofA and to all of us who've known her all these years. Vaya con Dios, Jackson, Jennifer and Laura.
This among other reasons is why I am a libertarian not a republican. I typically make fun of the liberal perspective when they use words like "vitriol and hate" but this among other similiar issues really shows closed mindeness and bigotry. It is madness to let gender preference be the determining factor in adoption.
Real, lasting love is hard enough to come by in this world. Nobody's business what form it takes. What's important is that all of these couple's cherish each other and their children. As one who has worked with kids in foster care after abuse and neglect, I am so moved by people who give these kids a home and healthy future. I know they would all say that they are the ones who have received the most, but its definitely a two-way street. Kudos to all of you. This discrimination is no different from the same old crap that drove and drives hatred of people of color--that is supposedly sanctioned by the Bible too. I am not a Christian so its not a closer to me to hear about what the Bible says--BUT Jesus doesn't mention homeosexuality once in the New Testament and in the old testament its mentioned right next to encouragement to 'smite' your neighbor under certain circumstances and 'stone' certain women to death. Hello--2011, anyone???!!!
Positive PR please for my home away from home sake. Ironically, I was having an exchange yesterday close to the above subject. I am reminded what were we thinking in the 60's w/ regards to exclusionary/human rights issues. I respect Sen McCain for apologizing for being the Sen. to vote no to a Nat'l Holiday for MLK and while 20/20 hind sight is always perfect will we be singing that same ole tune again in the near future. I speak as a heterosexual who, like most, have family, friends and colleagues who put their slacks on just the way I do and enrich our economy & country more than one can imagine and it's none of my bees wax who they love as long as it's driven by love.
Shall we call it the "adoption preference law SB 1188" or "A day in bigot town with Jan and Russell" ??????
She was amazing. I got to see her in AZ and she was awesome. Then after her performance she signed autographs and took pics with anyone who wanted one. She was very gracious and giving. She was so down-to-earth, she talked to every single person who came up to talk to her. She promised everyone who came up to her, a hug and a kiss, and she honored it. She is one of the best!!
Thanks for this wonderful article about Norma and Angela. My son had Norma at Dodge Middle School and we respected her a lot.
Oscar, I'm so happy for you. It's hard to be authentic in ths world but I would rather be authentic than live in the shadows. I look forward to reading about you and your work. The best to you.
Oscar, I'm so happy for you. Being authentic is hard but it's something that we all must do. I just wish you the best in the future and look forward to reading more about you.
Sophie B. is an amazing performer and artist. You folks in AZ are really lucky. Go see her. It's a must.
Hey Critter, I'm what some might call "ultra conservative", but no, I'm not going to contradict your statements or try to make you feel less than human. Deep down, we're all just regular Joes trying to find happiness in this life just being ourselves. I hope you find yours.
Im real happy for you. You were very fortunate that it turned out to your favor. I however unfortunate. My few attempts at hinting had my mom in tears and my dad in an outrage..so it was all catastropic when I was younger. Of course with an ultra conservative republican catholic family it's to be expected. I'm much older now and of course I have to be in the closet with family and job. I guess I would have to wait til my dad passes away for me to maybe just maybe open up again to family.
My mom works at a library in a college and they see day in and day out all sorts of people and a lot of homosexuals. Hopefully after all these years she will understand and be more open better.
I personally have no interest in the whole "fem" thing..more power to you. I just see myself as the regular masculine "joe" and just want to be like anyone else. No special rights no nothing just myself. I'm sure some ultra conservative closed minded person is going to try to have a say contrary to allt his though so I thought I'd post first.
Has this project starting filming yet?
Thanks for the comprehensive article. Opponents talk about "special rights" for gays, but it's really equal rights that are under discussion.
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