Shannon Bradley-Colleary: As A Child Of Divorce, I Think I Get Gay People
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I've been watching Ryan Murphy's new NBC sitcom The New Normal, about a committed gay couple having a baby through a quirky, kind surrogate mother who lives with them. In the latest episode the men kiss passionately after one proposes marriage to the other. I had a very strong reaction, which was elation.
I distinctly remember one of television's first openly gay characters, Dynasty's Steven Carrington, played by the mortified Al Corley. I remember it being such a scandal and that people were warned to watch at their own risk! Maybe homosexuality was contagious? Now, 31 years later, gay characters and story lines are commonplace. And the televised gay kiss? While still a bit self-conscious, it's no longer taboo. I think this is progress, because I've always felt a kinship with the gay community despite the fact that I'm not gay. I'll tell you why.
My parents divorced when I was 2 years old. (Yes, Mom and Dad, here I go again. Lucky you have a scribe for a daughter
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