It’s in the news every day. Gay marriage. The new Pope’s stance on homosexuality. But even when society, friends, the legal system, and the pontiff himself swing toward acceptance of the unacceptable, Coloradoan Michelle Theall still waits for the one person’s blessing that has always mattered most: her mother’s. After years of struggling against bullies and her family’s rejection while growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt, Theall found refuge in the liberal haven of Boulder, Colorado with her partner and their adopted son. But when her four-year old’s Catholic school (Sacred Heart of Jesus School) decides to expel all children with gay parents, Theall does some soul searching of her own. In the end, she exposes her long-buried shame and realizes that her quest for acceptance has put her own son in the middle of a public controversy. In order to be a good mother, she may have to be a bad daughter. Will she fight for her son, even if it means losing her parents for good?
Theall’s book, Teaching the Cat to Sit (Gallery), covers the expulsion of children with gay parents from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder (a story that made national headlines and remains relevant today) in a page-turning, heartrending and boldly honest memoir that is out in bookstores February 25. It demonstrates the universal yearning for unconditional love from our parents, our children, and most important, from ourselves.
Theall will be speaking across the country. Her Colorado dates as of this press release are as follows:
March 4: Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO
March 12: The Tattered Cover, Denver, CO (Colfax location)
March 22: The Creative Conference, Boulder Colorado (www.michelletheall.com/creative-conferences
March 28: Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Ft. Collins
March 29: Old Firehouse Books, Ft. Collins
She welcomes press interviews, book reviews, and the opportunity to discuss this book with the media and readers.