A Family Outing

A Family Outing

by Ruby Remenda Swanson


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Ruby Swanson's life changed when her sixteen-year-old son walked to her office, closed the door, and with his hand still on the doorknob said, "I'm gay." Despite her initial reaction of shock, fear, and denial, Ruby became a public advocate for equality and acceptance of the LGBT community. A Family Outing is the story of Ruby's experiences: operating spotlights at a drag queen show, and marching in Pride Parades. She addresses the deeply homophobic time in which baby boomers grew up, the emergence of the gay rights movement, and how the AIDS epidemic transformed the LGBT landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770864764
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Originally from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Ruby Remenda Swanson is currently General Manager of the University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden. She was a freelance promotional writer with the Children's Television Workshop in New York City. She is a recipient of the University of Alberta Human Rights Education Recognition Award and was a director of PFLAG Edmonton. Ruby lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband.

Table of Contents

Part 1

I Coming Out 3

II Self-help and Counselors 17

III Out to Family 26

Part 2

I The GSA 35

II I Wish I Had Told You 47

III Finding Our Way 50

Part 3

I Bob and Johnnie 59

II My Son Is Gay 64

III Ask but Don't Tell 67

Part 4

I Sixties Homophobia and Eighties AIDS 81

II Becoming Part of the Community 88


Part 5

I Holding and Not Holding People Accountable 123

II A Cute Story 135

III Transgender 137

IV Being Singled Out 141

Part 6

I Panels, Politicians, and Safe Spaces 149

II Same-sex Marriage 159

III Religion 166

Part 7

I The Pioneers 175

II My Advocacy 186

III Scona Pride 196

About the Author 203

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