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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003 - File 022. 2003-06-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/721/show/693.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 27, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com JUNE 27. 2003 21 parenting ella tyler Family enjoys sports, other activities together with the diverse Montrose as a backdrop Lovell proud to be a mom SUE LOVELL, 53, MOTHER OF TWO, says, "The gay and lesbian parenting boom is amazing to me. Growing up, I never thought I would have kids. It wasn't part of the dreams gay and lesbian people had for themselves. It wasn't the way we planned our lives." Lovell, however, always wanted children, and adopted 8-year-old Robbie and his brother Stephen, now 14, when Robbie was an infant. "I was there when Robbie was born," she says happily. When asked if parenting is easier now that the boys are older, she can't decide. "They're more independent, and in some ways that makes it easier and in some ways it is harder," she says. "I have truly enjoyed every age. Each age has different challenges and different rewards." The family lives in the Montrose area, where Lovell had lived before motherhood. "I bought a house here because of the diversity of the area and because the neighborhood schools — Poe, Lanier and Lamar — are all good schools. Good schools and a diverse neighborhood were priorities for me," she says. "Montrose isn't the only place where this happens," she adds, "but I was comfortable here. I wanted a place where they would feel comfortable growing up." Lovell is a big fan and supporter of the Neartown Little League where Robbie plays, Stephen umpires and she is an assistant coach. "Everyone plays. There are no tryouts, just skill assessments so that the team's balanced. It is so wonderful to see this diverse group of parents all getting along, all accepting of each other and all cheering for each other's kids," says Lovell, who is a coach as well. Everyone in the Lovell family likes sports. "It's something they chose to do, but I'm glad because it's something we all have in common," she says. "You should have seen us screaming and jumping around when Rice won the College World Series. The boys were really excited because we would go watch them play." LOVELL SPENDS A LOT OF TIME with the boys. "I'm fortunate to have them, and they're my priority. I wanted them so I could be part of their lives, not just to have them," she explains. "I cut back a lot on my involvement in things, but I will have time to do that later. It all goes by so quickly " Stephen and Robbie like Lovell's involvement in politics (she's running for Houston City Council this year). They know that it's important, and that it helps people, she says. It isn't always Gay Houston activist Sue Lovell adopted her two sons, Robbie, 8, and Stephen, 14, when Robbie was an infant. easy for them, though, she admits. "They'll get teased or harassed about who I am when my name is in the paper or I'm on the news." However, she says, "When they see someone [else] being harassed, they'll reach out. They know what it's like." Lovell is very proud of her sons. "They're really good kids, and it doesn't seem to be a struggle for them. They're fun, smart, and have good senses of humor. They're well rounded, and that's important to me. They do volunteer work," she says. The boys maintain contact with their birth mother, Lovell says. "They have two sisters, one younger than Robbie, and they see them." They also have close ties to Lovell's family. "They're leaving soon to spending three weeks in California to see their cousins," she reports. THE FAMILY ALSO HAS PETS, though not as many as they had last week. "We had 10 puppies, but fortunately, they're gone," Lovell says. "It was a good experience for them, and they wanted to keep them until they saw how much work they would be." Although the gay and lesbian parenting is more visible and accepted than it once was, Lovell says there still is progress to be made. "Gay fathers and lesbian mothers still lose access to their children in divorces and single parent adoption is allowed, but gay couples cannot [adopt]," she says. "If I had to give advice to a young gay or lesbian, what I'd say is there is no right moment [to have children]. Don't wait for enough money or time or the perfect situation," Lovell says. "Just do it. Things will fall into place. I've been amazed." June 29 • "Can You Be Bought?... What's Your Sellout Price?" Rev. Janet Parker s / /^ July 6 • "Jesus Was Amazed!" ^fJjP^y- Rev. 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