My Son Eric: A Mother Struggles To Accept Her Gay Son and Discovers Herself
My Son Eric: A Mother Struggles To Accept Her Gay Son and Discovers Herself (Revised and Expanded) by Mary V. Borhek
2001 edition (originally published in 1979), Paperback
With My Son Eric, Mary Borhek started writing a very different book than the one she finished. Angry and hurt that her son was gay, she set out wanting to vent her anger. Through the process of writing and interacting with her son, she found peace and acceptance. And that is the ongoing story Borhek writes - the story of the love for her son that is at times painful and at times joyous, just as any mother might experience.
This is the revised and expanded edition of an American classic, published at a time when public discussion about homosexuality was taboo. In 1979 when My Son Eric was originally published, the world was a much different place than it is today for gay men and lesbians. Although the Stonewall Riots had occurred ten years before, support organizations, such as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and the Gay Activist Alliance, were slowly forming. Mary Brohek has spent twenty years at the center of many of the advancements in gay and lesbian life in this country. Through My SOn Eric, she continues to sound the trumpet for love and acceptance.