A segment from the NPR show "This American Life". It's about a family broken apart by the son's homosexuality. The program, titled "Sissies" originally aired on T.A.L. 12/13/96. "This American Life" is produced at WBEZ in Chicago.
Joe Beam died of AIDS in 1989. He was a writer who was in the process of editing his second anthology of Black gay writing. His mother Dorothy helped finish the work her son started, and it was published in 1992 as Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men. (Rebroadcast)
Writer Scott Peck and his father Colonel Fred Peck. The younger Peck has written his first book, All American Boy, a memoir of his life growing up in an abusive home with his step-father and the rebuilding of his relationship with his father after a fourteen year estrangement. Peck was thrust on the national scene in May 1993 when his Marine Colonel father spoke against gays in the military to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Col. Peck went on to say his oldest son, Scott, was gay, and though he loved him, he should not be able to serve in the military.
In her novels "Dale Loves Sophie to Death" and "Fortunate Lives," Dew explored the ambiguities and intricacies of families. She thought she understood the complexities of family love. But then her son informed her he is gay. Dew has written a new memoir about the experience and its effect on the family, called "The Family Heart."
Author Robb Forman Dew. In her novels--"Dale Loves Sophie to Death" (Harper Perennial) and "Fortunate Lives" (Harper Perennial)--Dew explored the ambiguities and intricacies of families. So she thought she understood the complexities of family love. But then her son informed her he was gay. Dew has written a new memoir about her son's coming out and the family evolution that followed. It's her non-fiction debut and it's called "The Family Heart" (Addison-Wesley).
Two members of the Philadelphia-based support group called Parents of Gays join Fresh Air talk about how they grew to accept their children's sexual orientation, and how they help other parents do the same. To ensure anonymity, the members only use their first names.