I chose this for Banned Books Week but I couldn’t wait any longer to read it.
Disappointingly my library copy came with a warning slapped on the cover. What’s to be frightened about with ‘same sex families’?
Based on a real life story, two male penguins pair up and want what comes naturally to all other animals. They want to to procreate.
And every morning Roy and Silo woke up together. But one day Roy and Silo saw that the other couples could do something they could not.
Roy and Silo had no egg to sit on and keep warm.
They had no baby chick to feed and cuddle and love.
Their nest was nice, but it was a little empty.
Is someone chopping onions? My eyes are leaking.
They found a rock and tried to hatch it, mimicking the other penguins by taking turns to sit on it to keep it warm. And of course, nothing happened. Until a zookeeper gave them a real egg.
Then finally they were ‘just like all the other penguin families’ as loving and nurturing parents to their offspring.
And Tango Makes Three is a beautiful story and a lovely way to introduce children to homosexuality in a normalized fashion.
Here’s the human equivalent. Another family like any other, yet the first photo sparked a deluge of racist and homophobic comments.
You can read more about them in their book Picture Perfect?.
I think the most unconventional family I’ve come across was in a documentary about a couple who were gay female-to-male transgendered. One of them had undergone gender reassignment surgery and the other used his uterus to have babies via a sperm donor. They had three or four children and were loving parents.
Love is love, and family is what you make it. If any child in a neglectful or abusive situation were to be offered a loving home with a gay couple, I’m sure they’d jump at the chance. As long as the children are loved, who really cares if their parents are gay, straight or transgendered?