While Dan touched on this in his earlier post about the latest case of Sullivanitis, I thought it was important to reprint the entire early word on Mary Cheney’s book.
Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, writes that when she told her parents she was gay, the first words out of her father’s mouth “were exactly the ones that I wanted to hear: ‘You’re my daughter, and I love you, and I just want you to be happy.’”
In an interview appearing in the June issue of Vanity Fair, national editor Todd Purdum reports that Mary Cheney tells her story in a voice very much like her father’s and that she came out to her parents when she was a junior in high school. On that day, she recalls in the book, she had just broken up with her first girlfriend, skipped school, run a red light, and crashed the family car. Cheney writes that her mother hugged her but then burst into tears, worried that she would face a life of pain and prejudice.
She also says that one common reaction from people who have read the manuscript of her book is, “‘Wow, you guys really have this close-knit, loving family,’ and it always strikes me as, ‘Yeah, of course we do.’ It was very surprising to me that people would think we didn’t.”
Unfortunately, Mary… those in the gay community that claim they want the rest of society to be tolerant of us are the first to shield their eyes from the obvious: There are actually parents in America who love their gay children and have a great relationship with them.
As for Mrs. Cheney’s reaction, I’m pretty sure that the “pain and prejudice” she feared Mary would face would be from close-minded liberals who do not practice what they preach.