homosexuality http://wamc.org en "License To Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples" By Kimberly Richman http://wamc.org/post/license-wed-what-legal-marriage-means-same-sex-couples-kimberly-richman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A critical reader of the history of marriage understands that it is an institution that has always been in flux. It is also a decidedly complicated one, existing simultaneously in the realms of religion, law, and emotion. And yet recent years have seen dramatic and heavily waged battles over the proposition of including same sex couples in marriage. Just what is at stake in these battles?</p><p><em>License to Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples</em> by Kimberly D. Richman examines the meanings of marriage for couples in the two first states to extend that right to same sex couples: California and Massachusetts.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84986 at http://wamc.org "License To Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples" By Kimberly Richman Boy Scouts To Allow Openly Gay Youths In 2014 http://wamc.org/post/boy-scouts-allow-openly-gay-youths-2014 <p>On January 1, openly gay youths will be allowed into the ranks of the <a href="http://www.scouting.org/" target="_blank">Boy Scouts of America</a> for the first time.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:06:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 80896 at http://wamc.org Boy Scouts To Allow Openly Gay Youths In 2014 "Far From The Tree: Parents, Children And The Search For Identity" By Andrew Solomon http://wamc.org/post/far-tree-parents-children-and-search-identity-andrew-solomon <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="http://andrewsolomon.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Andrew Solomon</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s book on parents, children and the bond between them and the cases of extreme difference - was published to ecstatic acclaim last year - landing on best-seller lists across the country, and "Best of" lists from <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>Amazon</em>, <em>The Economist </em>and more.</span></p><p>The book has now been released in paperback. Solomon opens <em>Far From the Tree</em> with an autobiographical chapter detailing his experience as a gay son of heterosexual parents. At the time of his youth, homosexuality was considered an illness and a crime. The book is about the struggle for those who are different and their need to find their own identity.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78953 at http://wamc.org "Far From The Tree: Parents, Children And The Search For Identity" By Andrew Solomon "Moving In" by Bruce Littlefield http://wamc.org/post/moving-bruce-littlefield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>NY Times best-selling author and lifestyle expert <a href="http://www.brucelittlefield.com/">Bruce Littlefield’s</a> latest book is his most personal to date. In <em>Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage</em>, he takes readers on a wild and often hysterical ride through the first year spent fixing up a historic old house with partner (and unwitting handyman) Scott Stewart, one of Manhattan’s top real estate brokers.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 64244 at http://wamc.org "Moving In" by Bruce Littlefield Keith Strudler: Sports and homosexuality http://wamc.org/post/keith-strudler-sports-and-homosexuality <p>Last week a sports writer visited campus to talk with students. Before the big presentation, a student asked him what he thought about Orlando Cruz, a professional boxer who recently announced he is gay, the first and only professional boxer to do so. And the writer simply said this issue is going to be the Jackie Robinson of this generation. The handful of 20 year olds sitting around the table got what he meant, maybe even more than 70 year olds that lived through baseball’s integration.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:33:15 +0000 Keith Strudler 57759 at http://wamc.org Keith Strudler: Sports and homosexuality Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality http://wamc.org/post/oddly-normal-one-familys-struggle-help-their-teenage-son-come-terms-his-sexuality <p>In the spring of 2009, John Schwartz got a distress call from his wife. His 13-year old son, Joe, was on his way to the hospital after a failed suicide attempt.</p><p>Joe, a socially awkward but smart boy, had finally mustered the courage to come out as gay to his classmates who responded with discomfort and dismay. Hours later, he took dozens of Benadryl capsules with the intention of killing himself.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 51899 at http://wamc.org Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality Sean Philpott - You Can't Pray the Gay Away http://wamc.org/post/sean-philpott-you-cant-pray-gay-away <p>Dr. Robert Spitzer, one of the leading psychiatrists in the US, recently did something remarkable. In a letter published in the <u>Archives of Sexual Behavior</u> on May 19th he humbly wrote, &ldquo;I owe the gay community an apology.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 16:46:00 +0000 39677 at http://wamc.org