On March 12, John Schwartz’s will read and discuss his book Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come To Terms with His Sexuality. This exceptionally well reviewed book deals with a supportive mother and father raising a gay son. Schwartz will speak as part of the prestigious Second Tuesday Lecture Series at The LGBT Center at 7:00pm. Suggested admission is $10. Copies of Oddly Normal will be available for purchase and signing.

John Schwartz’s book, Oddly Normal, addresses John’s very personal attempt to address his family’s own struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough to help gay kids like his son, Joe. The book is dedicated to The LGBT Center’s Youth Enrichment Services (YES), so it’s especially appropriate that John Schwarz reads and discusses it at The Center. John is a science editor at the NY Times who assumed early on that his son was gay and tried to provide a supportive environment. Together, he and his wife discovered, however, that there were serious problems.

Parents, teachers, and counselors will appreciate the issues and possible solutions. Are effeminate boys and tomboy girls necessarily gay? Is there a relationship between being gay and suicide or mental illness? Should a child be pushed into coming out?

For more information about the evening, see htttp://www.secondtuesday.org/Next.htm.

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