Nearly one in five children in the United States lived in poverty last year, with a much higher proportion of poverty among African-American and Hispanic children, new U.S. Census figures released Tuesday show.
When Christy Searle found out her 14-year-old son Zach was gay, she thought about all the dreams she had envisioned for him. In a moment, she said, they were all gone.
“I had a moment of complete and utter despair,” she said. “For me and my religious background, and everything we’ve been taught about homosexuality, I just felt like my whole world shattered and crumbled before me.”
Searle and her husband are Mormon, and for the first two months after finding out about Zach’s sexual identity, they didn’t talk about their son’s sexuality. She told her son she loved him, and everything would be fine as long as he didn’t act on his homosexuality...
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