Wahls: Problem With Homophobia is Not Addressing It
Zach Wahls, author of “My Two Moms,” on why he hopes to change peoples’ minds about gay marriage.
- Duration 9:51
- Date Apr 30, 2012
Zach Wahls, author of “My Two Moms,” on why he hopes to change peoples’ minds about gay marriage.
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The children cameras by -- parents them to come gave themselves and yen of the settlement something that is and another -- and another stereotype of what those people -- to -- forced the fact that straight parents have been the leading cause of gay people in this country.
Forever and so but it is -- you know I mean it's true you know in insulin and second you only reason that that would ever be.
Thrown out there in the first place is under this this misconception at -- sexuality is somehow immoral.
Obviously if you if you actually know and a gay person you know odds are awfully good that they were raised by straight parents.
Ominous note along my journey and I've met some kids who are gay and have been raised by gay parents -- -- -- think it's hard coming down this country is a gay person -- straight parents.
Try doing that with -- parents.
It's even harder and so that you know that stereotype for its a lot of people and and and not just the parents either Arnold and -- out of private office answerable -- you know because -- and then all of a sudden.
Oh god for all -- you -- the opposition writer or what have you and so.
You know did the idea that somehow gay parents and the only ones raising their kids is of course simply not true then further.
And it seems a bit and non sequitur in my mind sort of grown -- -- -- original line.
All -- what other parents in your neighbor and your circle of friends and let their kids have sleepovers in your house yet but I it was in that mean is -- issue going up you know effects.
Drama school year when you're that age growing up you know the the reaction of the kids -- -- you have to mums isn't -- to -- -- parents what's wrong with you it's.
You just two months.
Island to mines that you know it's it's an overwhelmingly positive reaction.
For our -- is there to him and reload man.
-- -- home -- on -- go to school.
Where there were a number of gave him something to mr.
-- has -- to loan and at a certain lot of talk gonna come -- morning.
At some point he came home -- -- us about it.
And I can't remember allies say all there them.
All of them had a big deal lot of at all -- shuttle -- And -- and so then they would refer to this one friend it is.
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XML -- Yeah I -- that -- that -- really don't question dozen high school as the most common question actually -- of lesbian parents.
Not a hot at at at at.
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Other -- well I -- arm from most.
Yeah woman and that was this thing you know of -- -- push back we did give announce an elementary school.
And and and that was seen I think it's important -- separate before like K through three in the fourth through six in K through three -- only push back we got was from.
Other parents and so wasn't like my friend John.
He knows ago you have lesbian parents we can't be friends anymore.
A phone calls made and then John does stop going over.
You know to food spent time in my place -- so that was that was kind of how that one when I was little bit -- in the fourth she's fourth through sixth grade we moved down to Iowa from Wisconsin when I was.
Summer -- in fourth grade.
And once we were down in Wisconsin you know then all of a sudden.
And the outsider.
And so then you add to that the fact that I I had two moms and then and -- -- like this foreign foreign person and in in -- get you know I had to go to some stuff for that.
One note that they kids that dumbing you know the fact that two -- -- -- target in the net net to the fact you know when -- in fourth grade like those clicks from kindergarten -- just -- remain yet know what to name a 100% under percent.
And in the when you have teachers who are necessarily.
You know helpings in support kids were being made fun of it -- makes -- And -- delay -- -- handle our -- argument -- walls along with -- so little drillers they were giving him.
My agent actually -- and so you know that the way that all happened was that.
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And that the start this'll thing blew her devoted exactly.
She got out of stock that's about a couple literary agents and M on the -- -- with one here in Manhattan.
She found Bruce and then we got the books so much her mom's is all -- -- strength.
Elements of -- why did -- one under the board.
This is -- word in -- two immediate.
Motives that came that's among the first you know wanted to speak out to its other kids who have LG BT parents know -- in -- time.
As very tumultuous right now on this issue and whenever said on to write the book this GOP primary was just heating up and there was a lot of ethnic and mudslinging going.
Around on this issue in particular.
And so -- -- -- -- speak to other Kansan and just reiterate you know and in the sponsored leads and be reminded all the time you know.
-- despite what you might hear on TV and so this Talking Heads out there and your all right and and you know we've heard a lot in the last year and a half it does give better.
And a second you know us -- thought this is a pretty incredible opportunity to speak to a lot of people who might be on the fence about this issue people who -- like well you know it's a free country.
And you know I'm not gonna -- and infringe on somebody's liberty or freedom.
-- -- the effects on the kids you know I think the single most effective -- the other side uses on this issue is.
And do we really wanna live in a country where on thought of as the biggest because I believe that all kids of the right to a mother and a father.
To pretty convincing line when you hear it but I think when you actually sit down and you walk through it it's not quite that simple.
All the rationale on -- current hurdles to use them in his own I was complaining to -- doctor about.
Some loan mortgage annual report that oil you know little people doing -- what they do as the news for -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm not gonna go to four dead but on the -- complain about Caribbean and a doctor doctor Brescia Massa gripe about one load for almost polar -- -- And -- does like golf and so play so well.
So you have to play the ball or laws and so were over the ball your camera.
But he Khamis your -- to sell.
So this is a reality that's a reality of our.
-- -- so.
I remembered to explain why at our solemn.
One and redemption.
-- dollar in humans.
To discriminate against.
For any -- And soul on that resonated -- more than anything else -- Ventura.
To try to rationalize.
Whether or not anybody -- -- was aberrant behavior not which in my view is irrelevant.
And then you mentioned earlier and higher I think like for two year old unemployed.
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But it you know -- I have no problem women just about socialist and I mean Estes and hadn't -- -- and -- -- half joking personal.
The point being that.
-- -- -- -- -- You know I think a lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea -- seen two people to same sex enhancement with each other and there are a lot of people for room and at the opposite might be true -- -- something that you know I've I've had a traders -- like look homophobia isn't something that.
-- is is wrong it's it's some things that I think of fear we can't necessarily control of that goes the problem with -- -- Is when we don't address and and which kind of what inform our other beliefs not DO once told us the only thing -- the fear is fear itself and and -- certainly true in this case.
And so I think there are a lot of people who might think that I think they're the monster whatever for for being homophobic or not necessarily.
Thinking about two men kissing her or whatever and that's not the case you know as long as when you get into the voting Booth you know letting that -- dominate your voting practices but tedious.
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