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Title Houston Voice, No. 1005, January 28, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date January 28, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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They are accustomed to a sophisticated lifestyle that includes small dinner parties with friends and quiet visits to the local art galleries. When Scot comes into their lives complete with make-up kit and pantyhose, they are forced to face queer issues they have never addressed head-on. Michael Downing forces his reader to look squarely in the face of a sissy boy-child and respect him for the fact that he is the stereotype plus a whole lot more. "Having a child, I soon learned, is like having an open wound," muses Ed. "People ask you about it. They give you advice and secret remedies. Friends tell you to ignore it for awhile and see if it doesn't heal itself. Everyone assures you that it won't kill you. And then they show you their scars." But Scot isn't like their friends' kids, and parenting him is a unique challenge. What do you tell a child who is being harassed at school for the way he looks and acts if the way he looks and acts embarrasses you? And what if you are embarrassed by the fact that he embarrasses you? What do you tell his teachers when they know you are Time was, relationships were completely predictable. Then again, so was banking. If everyone is different, then why are all banks the same? Introducing a new way to bank via the Interna at www.qlbank.com or on Ihe phone, 24/7/365. G & L Internet Bank us designed for yon. or you and your partner - whether business or personal. Have yon ever wondered what it would be like to bank with someone who understands your life' We provide hassle-free mortgage, checking, savings, consumer toons - and more v^ffll'W without leaving your home We may just be the alternative you've been looking for ^mmmw^^^^ We'll even pay your monthly bills for you on time. Just one more tiling you won't have to worry about at G & L Internet Bank G & I Internet Bank: The bank without walls. We're not only gay friendly . 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No book is perfect, and this one could use a bit more character development. Sam, in particular, is not as well developed as Ed, who is the narrator of the story, and that facf leaves you wanting to get to know him a little better. But overall, it is one of the best books to come out in the past vear. Michael Downing forces his reader to look squarely in the face of a sissy boy- child with all of his most embarrassing stereotypical habits and respect him for the fact that he is the stereotype plus a whole lot more. The novel is funny and heartwarming as well as complex and layered. It is entertainment with an edge. 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