Life Some Things Are Getting Better; or, Thank God for Evolution
posted by April 2 at 11:50 AMon
Yesterday’s New York Times featured a story I’ve been waiting to read for as long as I can remember: Michael Winerip’s quietly thrilling profile of Zach O’Connor, a Connecticut teenager whose coming-out experience—navigated with the full participation of his family—proves that the ongoing pogrom against gays is occuring in (and is perhaps a backlash against) a society where progress for gays is palpable.
My favorite chunk, showcasing the benefits of a prompt and purposeful coming-out for gay teens:
Now, as a 17-year-old 11th grader, Zach has passed through phases that many gay men of previous generations didn’t get to until their 20s, 30s, even 40s. “Eighth grade was kind of his militant time,” [Zach’s dad] says.
After reading the piece, I was ready to hail Zach O’Connor’s parents as heroes, for so forcibly and imaginatively taking the reins on their son’s coming-out experience. But the O’Connors are merely doing what all good parents should do: taking care of their kids as best they can, which is heroic in its own right.
Read the whole heartening story here.