My daughter's take on gay marriage and religious fundamentalism... and the homophobia that lives and breathes as a result of too many of us doing nothing. Read about the context at my blog on www.rainbowfamilytree.com...
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan Judith now resides with her husband Hank Thierry in Montgomery Village, Maryland - north of Washington D.C. She is the Maternal and Child Health Coordinator for the Indian Health Service (IHS). She is a Captain in the US Public Health Service. She has three grown children - Ben, Katie and David who are wonderfully independent, connected and playful. She wishes that for all children. Judy remembers growing up in a big extended family with many aunts and uncles and with marriage her sense of family grew. Women and children thrive in healthy families and in a culture that honors families. The IHS is a federal agency based on the constitution and laws made as part of treaties for land given up by tribes. Judith has made this her career for the past 25 years serving Tribes, urban Indians, Alaska Native villagers whose rich culture and heritage we can learn from, respect and emulate. Supporting women during their child bearing years and their infants and children is Judith's way to acknowledge them. Sometimes I get too busy and forgot what is really important. Telling a story slows me down and makes sense of things that otherwise would get lost or remain hidden. We live in the now and stories are like visitors from past (memories) and future (visions) that can make the present rich, lively and light. I grew up with stories from my father, in books and books I read with my children.
I am a social worker in the UK and have been working with children, young people and their families for thirty odd years. I am interested in Stories for Change and believe that fostering and adoption provides a wealth of information about vulnerable children and an opportunity for people interested in starting a new career caring for children.
Laura Felix created this story as part of the Better Questions, Better Decisions Voter Education Initiative prior to the 2004 elections. Creative Narrations and The Right Question Project ran workshops to create a set of stories about attitudes towards voting by populations that traditionally have low voter turnout. This workshop was held at Pima College Adult Education in Tucson, Arizona.