Family Outing: What Happened When I Found Out My Mother Was Gay
Title: Family Outing: What Happened When I Found Out My Mother Was Gay
Author: Troy Johnson
Describes the author’s teenage discovery about his mother’s sexual orientation in the years prior to modern understandings about homosexuality, tracing his personal journey from a mom-hating homophobe to a gay-rights advocate with a unique perspective about sexual identity and social awareness.
Like most teenagers, Troy Johnson was obsessed with sex, but his coming of age took a sharp turn when-in the era before +ÆDon’t Ask, Don’t Tell+ô-he learned his mother was a lesbian. When he found out her secret (during a surprise visit from her ex-lover) his head spun. Does that mean Mom cruises schoolyards? Does that mean I have the gay gene? If I sleep with enough women, will it create an anti-gay force field around me? With searing wit and candor, FAMILY OUTING details the metamorphosis of an average American kid from mom-hating bigot to Pride-going breeder, taking head on the politics of sexual identity, the delusions of suburban delinquency, and the salvation of getting a clue. You won’t find a bowl of Chicken Soup for the Kids of Gays here-just the truth, served up with a side of sarcasm and extra laughs.