1. Author Alysia Abbott, author of Fairyland, tells Terry Gross about realizing she was an anomaly in the 1970s San Francisco gay community:

I think from a young age I realized I was something different in this community because it was a community of young men, and here I was a little girl, and so I didn’t see other little girls around. So I always felt different, but from an early age I sort of liked this difference: It meant I could get all the attention. There was no one like me, and I felt sort of special in a way. But I think on one level, as a straight child of a gay parent, I always felt like a little too straight for the gay community, but also a little too gay for the straight community. So you know, I think I felt a little bit ill at ease in either world.

Image of Abbot and her father, Steve, via The Boston Globe View in High-Res

    Author Alysia Abbott, author of Fairyland, tells Terry Gross about realizing she was an anomaly in the 1970s San Francisco gay community:

    I think from a young age I realized I was something different in this community because it was a community of young men, and here I was a little girl, and so I didn’t see other little girls around. So I always felt different, but from an early age I sort of liked this difference: It meant I could get all the attention. There was no one like me, and I felt sort of special in a way. But I think on one level, as a straight child of a gay parent, I always felt like a little too straight for the gay community, but also a little too gay for the straight community. So you know, I think I felt a little bit ill at ease in either world.

    Image of Abbot and her father, Steve, via The Boston Globe

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