Why does Sean fight so hard against his gay feelings? After all, it’s 2009.
Even though Sean is not a profile in courage, I still care about him. As you aptly said in your review, Lauren, you honestly felt for all the characters, no matter how they were managing their lives. Ideally, the reader has compassion for Sean, while still realizing that he is a cautionary tale.
Times have definitely changed and I’m really glad to see more and more states legalize gay marriage. However, that doesn’t mean that everything is quite alright. People are still mean, they still hate, and they are still trying to place their views of life on others. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is…Yes, time has changed, but until it really and truly changes, then people will continue to be like Sean: Afraid to be whom they are.
What is it about David that lets him reverse his jersey – to go inside out?
His mother, for one. (Boring, but true.) She’ll love him no matter who he is. And David discovers happily that there is a healthy gay community out there. His visit to the gay and lesbian bookstore and some chats on the GLBTQ hotline give him support and hope. But in the end, he’s just someone who wants to know who he is. And he has the guts to go for it.
I definitely agree with Lee on this one on all points. David hates the idea at first but it was a little easier for him to accept who he is because had people that would love him no matter what: his mom and friends would understand and see him as the same David they always loved. He had that and it made things that much easier for him.
What effect does the battle over gay marriage have on gay teens?
A profound effect. This fight is over a basic and essential human right. Who can we love?
In 44 states, gays and lesbians cannot get married even though under the Constitution, marriage is a fundamental right. For some people, yes. Not for others. Gay teens know this. And even if any given teenager might be thinking – why worry about marriage now, I’m not even getting regular sex – it’s really not that simple.
Gay and lesbian people will not have true equality until we can love and marry whomever we want – in all 50 states.
I think it would have a great effect as well. I mean, it’s their future! Not everyone gets married, no, but having the right should be there if they want it. To some people, what’s the point of going out and falling in love if you can’t one day show that love in the final, ultimate act? It shouldn’t be that way. Marriage should be allowed for everyone no matter what sexuality.
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