I knew topical novelist Jodi Picoult would write about gay rights sooner or later. Although I've never read anything she's written, her new book Sing You Home, released March 1 and already a bestseller, is at the top of my current reading list.
In an interview with Tracy Sherlock, Books Editor of The Vancouver Sun, Picoult had the following to say:
'...People who are against gay rights often feel that they don't know anyone who is gay. "If you know someone gay, if you have a gay friend, or a gay butcher or a gay cousin, you know that these people want exactly what a straight person wants: to be happy, to be healthy, to fall in love, to get married and have a baby...[p. D6]."'
(The above quote is from "A Mother's Mission," published in the Saturday, March 12, 2011 issue of The Vancouver Sun.)
Coincidentally, Picoult can also add to the list of gay people she knows her own nineteen-year-old son, Kyle, who came out to his family in 2007, during Picoult's writing of Sing You Home. (She admits she knew her son was gay when he was just three years old.)
In past posts, I've written about gay people coming out all at once, suggesting the straight world would be so inundated with the sheer numbers of gay people, they'd have no choice but to sit up and take notice.
Another benefit would be that straight people could no longer claim gays are a part of other families, not their own. When they realize how many gay people are in their own families, and how much they love them, they'd sing a very different tune in terms of human rights for gay people.
As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said recently, "Gay rights are human rights."
Together, taking gay to the next level.