Day two of the Hop Against Homophobia! If you haven’t already, be sure to leave a comment below with an email address where I can contact you if you win the prize (your choice of one of my Dreamspinner Press titles, including the upcoming “The Trust“).
Today, I thought I’d share an amazing and heart-warming story I read in our Raleigh, North Carolina paper, The News and Observer. Diane Daniel was together with her husband, Wessel, for two years before they got married. But barely two months after they married, Wessell confided to Diane that he wanted to be Diane’s wife, not her husband.
How would you react to something like that? I’d love to say I would be completely fine with it, supportive, and not feel as though it was somehow my fault that my husband wanted to become a woman. But that’d be a lie. Diane, naturally, felt terrible. Sad, guilty, angry — all the things you might imagine. And then, as she describes it, she “opened her heart” to the man who would later become a woman.
Diane and Lina are still together, seven years later, now a same-sex couple. This story just amazed and touched me, and made me consider how, even though we may think we are open-minded and loving, it takes true strength to confront the hidden prejudices and fears that live within each of us.
Please check out the wonderful story from the N&O: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/02/12/1844950/losing-him-loving-her.html And spread the word. Hearts can open, mindsets can be changed. It just takes one person to turn another person’s heart. -Shira