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My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family

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A resounding testament to individuality and the power of family in all forms from the young man who “lit up the Internet” (Ellen DeGeneres)

On January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public forum regarding full marriage equality. The nineteen-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, “The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.” Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms.

Same-sex marriage will be a major—possibly the defining—issue in this year’s election cycle, and Wahls speaks to that, but also to a broader issue.  Sure, he’s handsome and athletic, an environmental engineering student, and an Eagle Scout. Yet, growing up with two moms, he knows what it’s like to feel different and to fear being made fun of or worse. In the inspirational spirit of It Gets Better edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, My Two Moms also delivers a reassuring message to same-sex couples, their kids, and anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider: “You are not alone.”

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"In 2011, Wahls, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout and engineering student, stood before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee on civil unions and declared that 'the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.' Here, Wahls follows up on what would become a viral video of his testimony with this memoir and written defense of his moms. Wahls considers a different value in each chapter (following those espoused by the Boy Scout motto, law, oath, and slogan), including obedience, kindness, reverence, helpfulness, loyalty, thriftiness, and bravery, and tells what he has learned through situations he's encountered with family and friends regarding his nontraditional family. 'I'm not gay, but I know how it feels to be in the closet,' he writes of his sometimes veiled responses when asked as a child about his father. Wahls reflects on bullies and bullying, family values, Unitarian-Universalism (of which he is an adherent), the impact of chronic disease on the family (one of his moms has MS), and the reality of a marriage between women. Wahls has a fresh voice, and while still relatively young, his evenhandedness and willingness to use his own experiences to address larger social issues is admirable and will likely appeal to all walks of life. "
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A resounding testament to the power of family and a reassurance that there is no wrong way to be who you are

It has been almost two years since Zach Wahls (then 19 years old) bravely stood up in front of the Iowa House of Representative and defended gay marriage and his family. Wahls proudly proclaimed, "The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character,” and his speech instantly went viral and became YouTube’s #1 political video of 2011.

In My Two Moms, Zach offers a stirring and brave defense of his family. Raised by two moms in a conservative Midwestern town, Zach’s parents instilled in him values that families everywhere can embrace—values driven home by his journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout. Zach’s upbringing couldn’t have been more mainstream—he played sports, was active in Boy Scouts, and led his high school speech and debate team—yet, growing up with two moms, he knows that it’s like to feel different and fear being bullied, or worse.

In the inspirational spirit of It Gets Better edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, My Two Moms also delivers a reassuring message to same-sex couples, their kids, and anyone who's ever felt like an outsider: "You are not alone."

About the Author

Zach Wahls is a twenty-year-old engineering student at the University of Iowa. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

Bruce Littlefield is a bestselling author and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, People, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

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marathongirl, December 1, 2012 (view all comments by marathongirl)
At the beginning of 2012 I resolved to try and read 144 books. I would try to read 12 books a month in 12 different categories of my choosing. For most of my life I have read mainly fiction, mysteries and science fiction. I decided that this year I was going to drastically diversify and read a huge variety of books. One of my 12 categories is Gay and Lesbian literature/memoirs etc. Ordinarily, I wouldn't have ever read this book, but WOW am I glad I did! Zach Wahls is a young Iowan that was raised by his two moms, is an Eagle Scout, entrepreneur and now, due to his home state trying to outlaw gay marriage and/or civil unions, a civil rights advocate. Personally I feel that every American would be enriched, educated and inspired by reading this book. I know I was.
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Iowalien, May 15, 2012 (view all comments by Iowalien)
I received this book as a Mother's Day gift from my stepkids and their dad. I'd seen Zach Wahl's testimony and heard him speak publicly once so I felt familiar with his story. I'll be honest that I didn't expect to learn a great deal of new information from the book as I've been long involved with LGBT advocacy. I was wrong--it's a fantastic book and I recommend it to all parents and to people who genuinely want to learn more about same-sex couples and parents. I learned a great deal from the book about parenting and this issue from the perspective of a person who grew up with it. Wahls makes a brilliant case in support of same-sex marriage. As he states in the book, the only thing hard about growing up gay or with gay/lesbian parents is the way anti-gay people treat LGBT people and families. Wahl's book could go a long way in changing that. I read most of the book the day I got it. Highly recommend.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592407132
Subtitle:
Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family
Author:
Wahls, Zach
Publisher:
Gotham
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120426
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.54 x 5.9 x 0.94 in 0.87 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 2011, Wahls, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout and engineering student, stood before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee on civil unions and declared that 'the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.' Here, Wahls follows up on what would become a viral video of his testimony with this memoir and written defense of his moms. Wahls considers a different value in each chapter (following those espoused by the Boy Scout motto, law, oath, and slogan), including obedience, kindness, reverence, helpfulness, loyalty, thriftiness, and bravery, and tells what he has learned through situations he's encountered with family and friends regarding his nontraditional family. 'I'm not gay, but I know how it feels to be in the closet,' he writes of his sometimes veiled responses when asked as a child about his father. Wahls reflects on bullies and bullying, family values, Unitarian-Universalism (of which he is an adherent), the impact of chronic disease on the family (one of his moms has MS), and the reality of a marriage between women. Wahls has a fresh voice, and while still relatively young, his evenhandedness and willingness to use his own experiences to address larger social issues is admirable and will likely appeal to all walks of life. "
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"Synopsis" by ,
A resounding testament to the power of family and a reassurance that there is no wrong way to be who you are

It has been almost two years since Zach Wahls (then 19 years old) bravely stood up in front of the Iowa House of Representative and defended gay marriage and his family. Wahls proudly proclaimed, "The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character,” and his speech instantly went viral and became YouTube’s #1 political video of 2011.

In My Two Moms, Zach offers a stirring and brave defense of his family. Raised by two moms in a conservative Midwestern town, Zach’s parents instilled in him values that families everywhere can embrace—values driven home by his journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout. Zach’s upbringing couldn’t have been more mainstream—he played sports, was active in Boy Scouts, and led his high school speech and debate team—yet, growing up with two moms, he knows that it’s like to feel different and fear being bullied, or worse.

In the inspirational spirit of It Gets Better edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, My Two Moms also delivers a reassuring message to same-sex couples, their kids, and anyone who's ever felt like an outsider: "You are not alone."

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