Bil Browning

Family pride

Filed By Bil Browning | April 19, 2008 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Bay Windows, children's health issues, Dana Rudolph, family obligations, gay families, Jerame Davis, LGBT community, Mombian

Dana Rudolph, the popular blogger behind and an occasional guest contributor, interviewed me a couple of weeks ago for her column in Bay Windows. She's posted it on her blog now and I thought I'd share it with everyone. The interview focused on our family and how activism, the blog and familial obligations converge.

Now, on a typical day, Browning says, they get up with Paige and he drives her to school. He and Davis work until she comes home and does her chores and homework. By then, it's time for dinner. "Anything goes" after that, he says, noting "She's a teenager. Sometimes it's 'I'm going to go watch a movie in my room,' or sometimes it's 'Hey, can we watch American Idol together?'"

Paige nevertheless joins her dads in advocating for the LGBT community. "She actually thinks it's quite fun, except for going to all the boring meetings," explains Browning, "but when it comes time to rock and roll, Paige is right there with everyone, and she's darn good at it. She's probably one of the better advocates here in Indiana, just because she's able to tell her story, and tell it succinctly, with the ease that only a child can. She's a favorite among the various LGBT organizations here, which of course makes us very, very proud. That is our family. That's what we do. We stand up for each other."

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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 19, 2008 12:22 PM

How wonderful. I had no idea you were dads! That is so wonderful for you both and, I'm sure, so very rewarding for you and her. After all, how many teenagers are even willing to be seen with their parents? You must be an amazing family.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | April 20, 2008 10:03 AM

Wow Bil. This article shows that you can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never, never, never let Jerame forget that he's a man.

Great work keeping it all together.

You should have posted your family pic with this, Bil. Ya'll are too damn cute!

Can you tell that my user icon is cut from that picture? :)

agcasebeer | April 21, 2008 3:39 AM

Every time I hear adults who don't "get it", I think of young people like your daughter. Being GLBT is no big deal to so many young people now, it's just part of their world. Your daughter's the future, and thank goodness for her, and the others like her.