Every life is a story. What's yours?

Each of us lives within a story: our families and other loved ones; our experiences; our successes and failures; our hopes and dreams. And all of that affects, and is affected by, who we are at our core.

Joe Biden wants to hear your stories. Do you want to share them with him?

Hypocrisy, thy name is Mormonism

There is a wonderful group called Mama Dragon on Facebook, for members only, that supports Mormon and ex-Mormon families who have lost a child to suicide. Since the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) announcement last November outlining their draconian approach (see below) to LGBTQ church members, Mama Dragon has reported thirty-two suicides of young Mormons between the ages of fourteen and twenty, most of them from Utah.

“Ex-gay” “reparative therapy” (quotes used to connote the lack of veracity and validity for both terms) has been the cause of untold numbers of suicides, especially among teens. The organization TruthWinsOut.org has ample documentation about the suicides of LGBT individuals, and teens especially.

Adding an "ex" to "ex-gay"

When I submitted the manuscript for my second novel, Thinking Straight, to my editor at Kensington Publishing, he read it and then asked me, “Are you sure parents would actually do this to their own kids? How much of this is fiction?”

Thinking Straight tells the story of a gay teen whose parents send him to a religious “ex-gay”* camp for the summer of his sixteenth year. It was inspired by the story of a real boy, Zack Stark, whose 2005 MySpace blog shone a light on what was happening and resulted in major protests. As soon as I read Zack’s story, I knew I had to write about it. And while the “ex-gay” camp I created for my novel was fictional, the answer I gave my editor was, “Yes. Lots of parents do this to their own kids. And only the names have been changed.”