The Value of Visible Queer Families

Americans have “The New Normal”, Israelis have Ima and AbaZ (Mom and Dads) which is also about a gay couple raising a child with a single woman. An article at Queerty about the Israeli show (Israeli Television One-Ups “The New Normal” With “Mom And Dads” ) includes this imprtant observation:

“As soon as the gay community became a parental community, I think acceptance by society became smoother,” said Doron Mamet-Meged, founder of Tammuz, a business that helps couples, the majority of them gay men, have children via surrogates in India.

One reason may be a heavy cultural focus on making families, and the subtle social pressure (and not-so-subtle familial pressure) to procreate that stems from tradition as well as modern Jewish history… In building families gay parents contribute to the national project of maintaining a Jewish majority.

“For Israelis it doesn’t matter how you make a family,” said Mirit Toovi, who heads Hot’s drama department and gave the green light to “Mom and Dads.” “If you make a family, you’ve done the right thing.”

via  Queerty

This corroborates a common observation after November’s gains for marriage in November, that part of the reason for these successes is attributable to a change in emphasis, from “rights” to focussing on our families.

“Family Values” includes queer families.

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1 comment for “The Value of Visible Queer Families

  1. December 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Another “queer family” to consider today is Jonathan and David, whose feast day is today (Dec. 29). I just posted a new profile of them with new images and info at the Jesus in Love Blog. Terry, I think you’ll especially enjoy their stained-glass window from a church in Scotland. I’m surprised you haven’t already posted your own piece on them today. I have links to it in my profile.

    http://www.jesusinlove.blogspot.com/2012/12/david-and-jonathan-biblical-men-who.html

    Of course David and Jonathan’s family included Jonathan’s hostile father Saul, who kept trying to kill David. Drama and dysfunction in queer families is nothing new!

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