Media ID 0080-A
Phil Donahue television chat show (mid 80s) on Gays with Children (US)
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Joanne, you’re a lesbian who wanted a baby.. you were artificially inseminated with Paul’s sperm.
Audience – who thinks this is not a good idea
Why do you have to have artificially inseminated
How are you bringing the child up – gay/straight
Talk about your domestic routine
Only 15% of households have both a male/female parent
Everyone’s afraid that the child will be gay
Joanne – you can support the child yourself
You’re in a ‘double closet’.. gay community
Michael Doorman and Robert Knight – gay but also have been married
You don’t attempt to hide your lifestyle from your children
Do you feel you’re being unfair to your child?
It must be very confusing for the children
We grew up with heterosexual images but it didn’t stop us from being gay
Did you have a contract to sign?
How can you be judgmental of people.. This kid is obviously loved..
Why I thought I’d like to have a baby with Joanne (she treats her puppy well)
I had an adult child when I was married
Religious upbringing.. teach morals and goodness
Children hate to be different growing up
I’m not the one who is prejudice
Have you tried adoption
Prejudice comes from the parent
Why did you marry if you knew you were gay
To find out you’re gay when you 16 when you’re in a society that doesn’t like you…
Peer pressure on children is huge.
What did you decide about the last name for the child
Why didn’t you use a sperm bank?
Pamphlet thanking Michael and Robert
It’s not a matter of pride or shame.. It’s just the way it is
You have all the answers
People have kids for selfish reasons .. this is one of them
You have chosen this lifestyle
They obviously care about this child
How did you wives handle you were gay
You attempted suicide
I came out after my mother died.. and wrote my dad a letter before coming on this show.
Don’t you want to wake up in a real man’s arms?
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