Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

Title

Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

Authors

John Schwartz

Publisher

Gotham Books

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9781592407286

Pages

290 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

A heartfelt memoir by the father of a gay teen, and an eye-opening guide for families who hope to bring up well-adjusted gay adults. Three years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at The New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his thirteen-year-old son, Joe, was in the hospital following a suicide attempt. Mustering the courage to come out to his classmates, Joe's disclosure--delivered in a tirade about homophobic attitudes--was greeted with unease and confusion by his fellow students. Hours later, he took an overdose of pills. In the aftermath, John and his wife, Jeanne, determined to help Joe feel more comfortable in his own skin, launched a search for services and groups that could help Joe understand that he wasn't alone. This book is Schwartz's very personal attempt to address his family's struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough to help gay kids like Joe.

Grade Level

9-12; Adult

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Gay/Lesbian; Developmental disability; Learning disability; Mental illness; gay; gay child; gay teenager; pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS); difficulty learning; depression; suicidal thoughts and tendencies

Main Character

adult male

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Keywords

father and son; individualized education plan (IEP); teachers; psychologists; journalist; gay-straight alliance; theatre; public school

Diversity Impact

direct

Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

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