Ready or Not.They're Gay: Stories from a Midwestern Family
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Ready or Not.They're Gay: Stories from a Midwestern Family

by Paul Wagner
     
 

Paul and Hjordy Wagner know what it's like to have a child come out- they have had that conversation not once, but twice. Both their sons, Brad and Andrew are gay. The Wagners quickly embraced their sons' sexuality, but they soon realized that for other families, the transition was not as smooth.Many young gay people today muster the courage to come out to family

Overview

Paul and Hjordy Wagner know what it's like to have a child come out- they have had that conversation not once, but twice. Both their sons, Brad and Andrew are gay. The Wagners quickly embraced their sons' sexuality, but they soon realized that for other families, the transition was not as smooth.Many young gay people today muster the courage to come out to family and are made to feel ostracized and abandoned by loved ones as a result. In Ready or Not.They're Gay, the Wagners share their own journey to acceptance of their sons' sexual identity with the hope that other families will be better equipped to approach the news of a gay child or loved one in a healthy, positive way. Including a range of perspectives on the experience from their circle of family and friends, they offer guidance for parents and teachers of gay children and tips from the GLBT community on how to make the coming-out talk easier on both parties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981546285
Publisher:
Synergy Books
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Jody Huckaby
"Parents will easily identify with Paul and Hjordy...they fear for the safety of their sons and struggle to keep their family together; all the while emphasizing acceptance. We can all learn from their stories about the importance of unconditional love in a world that is oftentimes cruel to our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender loved ones."--(Jody Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG National)

Meet the Author

Paul and Hjordy Wagner have devoted their lives to education and though retired, still serve as substitute teachers and committee advisers for the Eau Claire School District in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Hjordy and Paul remain active in their community and are working on a follow-up book of contributed stories from the GLBT community and their families about coming-out experiences.

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