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Video: Parenthood Is No Place for Perfectionists

How do gay children of straight parents build their gay identity? It’s not possible for it to be passed down to them, like ethnicity, and Andrew Solomon knows from personal experience that such ‘horizontal identities’ often instead come under attack from the older generation. In researching his book, Far from the Tree, he learned about the difficulties parents face when raising children who are different to them. He uses the example of deaf children and cochlear implants to illustrate how the line between what should be fixed and what shouldn’t is often far from clear.