Like many parents, Sushma and Vijay Agarwal expected both of their sons to grow up, marry a lovely girl, and raise a family. When their younger son told them in 2004 that he was gay, Sushma was devastated. She wanted to know why this had happened to her family, who was to blame, and what she should do next.
To come to terms with her son's sexual orientation, she began to educate herself about homosexuality, a topic that Sushma had no exposure to. She went to counseling and attended PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meetings. After much soul searching and many conversations with her son, husband, and others, Sushma accepted her son for who he was.
In Loving My Gay Child, Sushma reveals how she came to terms with her son's orientation, shared the news with friends and family, and finally threw a beautiful traditional gay Hindu wedding for her son and his fiancé.
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About the Author
After her journey with her gay son, Sushma vowed to help other parents, especially those in the Indian diaspora, cope with the pain that comes when a child reveals he or she is gay. Her hope is that Loving My Gay Child, written by an Indo-Canadian author from a mother’s perspective, will help others come to terms with their feelings and accept their children for who they are. She believes that all families, regardless of their culture and traditions, can overcome the hurt and shock they feel after learning that their loved one is gay.
Sushma currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband. She enjoys playing with her grandchildren and studying spiritual teachings on human behavior. She continues to be active in PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).