Inside Out Youth Services is proud to partner with the CS Indy, Colorado Springs PFLAG, and Colorado College to bring New York Times Reporter/Author John Schwartz to Colorado Springs April 23 and discuss his new memoir “Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come To Terms with His Sexuality”

When: Tuesday, April 23rd | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Where: Gates Commons, Colorado College Palmer Hall
Why: To highlight the impact of family acceptance of LGBT children.

Reading by Schwartz at 5:30 PM; Panel hosted by Inside Out Youth Services and PFLAG at 6:30 PM with info on local family acceptance and safe schools work.

Event is FREE — no tickets required. Please DO RSVP to [email protected]

About the book:
Oddly Normal is the story about Joseph Schwartz, the author’s son who came out at the age of 13. As parents, John Schwartz and his wife struggled with knowing how to support Joe as he walked in a world where his difference was not always welcome, especially when he faced bullying at school.

Father and author Schwartz says, “The confident child who skipped his way to kindergarten would be supplanted by a darker boy who slouched his way home after another day of failure.”

Oddly Normal brings to Colorado Springs the chance to really talk about what it is like for parents and children to grow up gay — and how love and acceptance is the thing that matters most.

Listen here for an excerpt from “Oddly Normal” with author John Schwartz on NPR’s Fresh Air.

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