Growing Up with Two Moms (Summary and Reflection)

Megan McGuire’s article entitled Growing Up with Two Moms reveals her personal life and struggle as a daughter of a lesbian. The author began her paragraph by stating how she used to despise gays and lesbians when she was a child. She confessed how she used to call the people she dislikes gays, fag, dyke and suchlike during her childhood days. However, things totally changed at her age of 12 when she learned the real sexuality of her mother. With all her knowledge she thought that her family was normal, like what is being commonly shown in the TV. They do the normal things that family does – fights, trips, and dinners. In this, she tells how hard it was to accept that truth for the fear that people might avoid her in school. White lies and partial isolation from other people was the only remedy they had for three years to conceal the truth. It took her a great time to have the nerves to let the skeleton out of her closet. She confided that in her junior year, a local newspaper interviewed her for an article about gay/lesbian parents. As a result, people who read the article started to avoid her and even caused trouble to her brother. Before Megan ended up her article, she included her experience when she was invited to give a speech during The National Coming Out Day. As what is being expected from the society, people gave hurtful remarks to her to the point that she lost some of her friends. This experience of her did make her stronger. She then concluded that the hardest thing to deal with is the people’s ignorance, and not the family part.

Family is the smallest unit of our society. It is a group where a mother, father, and children live in one house. Well said. But the question is, would it still be called family once one of it was missing. Yes.  I believe having two moms is better than being an orphan, though. In Megan’s article, it proves that even in our generation, same sex relationship is still condemnable in the judgmental eyes of universe. Homosexuality has been a serious issue for centuries, yet total acceptance was still not evident for them. Nonetheless, these brave people stand for their happiness despite the cruelties and rejection they are experiencing. In connection, the article has a subtle atmosphere of hooking people’s sympathy and acceptance to gays and lesbians. The way Megan presented the complications and conflicts of her life somehow turns the reader to become open-minded. Maybe at some point of her early life she rejected her family, but her article speaks a lot more than her story. It speaks how proud she is for her family without withholding the truth about her adjustments and acceptance. I admire her for educating people’s shallow minds that happiness is never a crime, and straight, gay, lesbians and bisexuals are all humans, thereby they also deserve respect.

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