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The Kid What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant an Adoption Story
Best known for his syndicated sexual advice column, "Savage Love," Dan Savage shares his own story in The Kid, a
hilarious account of his efforts--along with his partner--to adopt a child. (Whoops, make that his boyfriend; Savage
can't stand the "genderless" P-word: "Straight people and press organs that want to acknowledge gay relationships while
at the same time pushing the two-penises stuff as far out of their minds as possible love 'partner.' I hated it.")
Savage doesn't give an inch on the sexuality issue; it's hard to imagine that a homophobic reader would even pick up The
Kid, but if it happened, Savage's unapologetic presentation of his life would quickly scare that reader off. Which isn't
to say that he paints a rosy picture of homosexual cohabitation: the very first scene finds Dan's boyfriend, Terry,
locking himself in the bathroom after a fight over the music on the car stereo. The misadventures continue through each
step of the open-adoption process, in which Dan and Terry get to know their baby's birth mother, and the first few weeks
of parenthood. The Kid is a wonderful, charming account of real "family values" that proves love knows no limits.