A Family Outing by Ruby Remenda SwansonA Family Outing by Ruby Remenda Swanson

A Family Outing

byRuby Remenda Swanson

Paperback | September 15, 2016

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Ruby Swanson’s life changed when her sixteen-year-old son walked to her office, closed the door, and with his hand still on the doorknob said, “I’m gay.” Despite her initial reaction of shock, fear, and denial, Ruby became a public advocate for equality and acceptance of the LGBT community. A Family Outing is the story of Ruby’s experiences. She addresses the deeply homophobic time in which baby boomers grew up, the emergence of the gay rights movement, and how the AIDS epidemic transformed the LGBT landscape.

A Family Outing is a memoir about discovering gay great-uncles and learning about their lives. It is about operating spotlights at a drag queen show, and about marching in Pride Parades. It is about the discrimination that gay people continue to face today and what emerges from the direct, clear-eyed prose. Finally, it is the picture of a woman who endured taunts from religious fundamentalists and political protestors to become an LGBT advocate.

Originally from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Ruby Remenda Swanson is currently General Manager of the University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden. She was a freelance promotional writer with the Children's Television Workshop in New York City. She is a recipient of the University of Alberta Human Rights Education Recognition Award and was...
Title:A Family OutingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6.04 × 0.47 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6.04 × 0.47 inPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:Cormorant BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770864768

ISBN - 13:9781770864764


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for every family with an LGBT member The heartbreaking reality of a parent also having to come to terms with their child coming out is very present in this biography by Ruby Remenda Swanson. Reading this novel from the perspective of a transgendered person, I feel like this book helped me to understand that coming out isn't just a process for the person doing so - it's a process of celebration and joy, heartbreak and sorrow, for the entire family. I met the author at a local group meeting, and couldn't shake the feeling that I needed to read her book for a while afterwards. I'm so glad I took the opportunity to do so not long after.
Date published: 2018-01-07