Society has changed, in large part, to accommodate us. But have LGBT people, in particular by parenting, changed society? Almost magically, recently published books started arriving in my mailbox to help my understanding.
How do you tell a five-year-old that she shouldn't call you what she always has? "Daddy" isn't just a word or even a title. When my daughter's first word was "Dadda," in my more than four decades on the planet, it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever heard.
My mother may continue to cringe at the word "queer," but I invite you to consider the idea that queerness can be a pretty good thing. In the broad sense of the word, every person who has ever gone against social norms and values in order to improve them is queer.