23 November 2011

Listen to Your Mother



For many gay kids, no matter what the age, coming out to our moms was a traumatic experience. And, I’m pretty sure many of our moms felt the same way.

For Mia and me, it turned out OK. We not only are lucky to still have a relationship with our moms, but we had them over last weekend for a Girls’ Weekend, and all went to Brandy’s Piano Bar and sang show tunes. They loved being fawned over by the fab gay men who pack the joint every weekend. We're lucky they're still part of our lives, and that they've accepted us as individuals and as a couple. It took some work to get here, but we're thankful we got there at all.

We know there are others who aren’t so lucky. And there are still others, really big-hearted and accepting moms, who celebrate the coming out announcement.

I’m organizing an art exhibition at the Museum of Motherhood in NYC about how mothers respond when their kids come out to them. I’m creating the artwork based on information provided by mothers of gay children. Please consider sending the survey link to your mom; I’m looking for positive, negative, and everything-in-between responses.

Listen to Your Mother: Mothers Respond When Their Children Come Out as Gay will be exhibited at the Museum of Motherhood in Spring 2012. More information TBA.

Thanks for sharing this link with any moms of gay kids (of any age): http://mauramcgurk.com/mothers-of-gay-children-survey

-Maura McGurk

Maura makes artwork about issues related to the LGBT/queer/gay experience, especially gay bullying. Take a stand against gay bullying by checking out her work, liking it on Facebook, or commenting on her blog.

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