Wondering why I have a blog post with a pic of the Famous 5 and what it has got to do with the LGBT community? Here is why…
I grew up with these books. Their first book, Five on a Treasure Island where the three kids Julian, Dick and Ann were introduced to their cousin George or Georgina, not only the three kids but even their father had never met George before. I was surprised when the father was confused by the name and said he was quite sure his brother Prof. Quintin had a daughter and not a son.
I could not believe how someone not meet their own brother’s child in 11 years, let alone not even being sure whether its a boy or a girl. I remember asking my Mom about this and she explained, that’s how it happens in the Western world. There, family means only parents and their kids, most of the times anyway. And even then, by the time the kids are 17 or 18 years old, they leave home and live on their own. I just could not believe it. I grew up with my brothers and sisters and all my cousins from my father’s and mother’s side. And I am not an exception. That’s our culture.
And this novel was written in 1942. It was a time when divorce was very very less and living together, civil unions, single moms and single dads, were still not so common even in the west.
While growing up, divorce was a very western thing for us. Never came across a divorced couple till I was in my mid 20s and that would be in the early 2000.
So the family they are trying to protect by not letting Gays and Lesbians marry, they have singlehandedly destroyed long time back in the name of progression and still doing it. Kids out of wed-lock, teen mom, divorce, live-together, civil unions are all anti conventional family. So what are they afraid of losing more?
What they want to say is, a single mom, a divorced parent, teenage mom are way better than having two loving Dads or two loving Moms. After all the divorces and remarriages, kids already have two dads and two moms, only just not together. Torn between two sets of parents, dividing time between them, THAT is not what a kids childhood should comprise of.
The exaggerated pro-family and anti-gay message in the above video by Right Wing Watch is a laugh to say the least. The book in question is ” A Queer Thing Happened In America” by Michael Brown.
Yes, I agree, every child should have two parents but they don’t have to be a Mom and a Dad. Two Moms and Two Dads are equally good if not better. As long as they are in a loving relationship and can provide love, stability, comfort and protection to the kids, that’s all that is needed.
THAT is a family.
The destruction that our straight counterparts have done over the years, now we are trying to restore it, rebuild it. And they have a problem with that because……???????