Sunday, October 18, 2009
Bowmanville's Billy Elliot and his Two Gay Dads
Of all the stories I read this weekend I liked this one the best.
Firstly because it gives gay and lesbian parents their due. Many adopt children that others don't want. Children with special needs, or kids who have been horribly abused in broken homes.
(James) and his biological half-brother Brandon (now 13) were just 3 and 5 when they first met their fathers-to-be in 2002. Removed from a home plagued by abuse, addictions and mental-health issues when James was scarcely 18 months old, the two were living with their second set of foster parents when Gibson and Jones came their way.
And despite the extra challenges, and the bigotry aimed at them, so many do an amazing job.
Secondly, because although I don't like ballet, I greatly admire ballet dancers. I used to take martial arts classes next to a ballet school, so I know how brutally hard they have to train if they want to be good...and what awesome athletes they are.
And thirdly because I LOVE the movie Billy Elliot. I love the music and the dancing. Especially the Angry Dance. I love the message it sends out: Boys and girls should be free to follow their dreams, and not have to settle for society's narrow stereotypical roles.
And I especially love the final scene. When although Billy Elliot isn't gay, he does something so many gay boys wish they could have done.
Impress his dad at last...
I've known so many gay guys who tried so hard to do that, but never could. Because their dads couldn't accept them for who they are...and were too disappointed to love them, or encourage them to be themselves.
Somehow I don't think this little Billy Elliot from Bowmanville is going to have that problem. Good for his dads.
Great parents are AWESOME.
Fly James fly !!!