Saturday, May 6, 2017

Promo Post: David Inside Out by Lee Bantle

David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; he's a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has "inappropriate" urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems. 
 The book was released last week, and the publishers and author would like to do a little bit of a fun thing with having these questions below answered, and then they're going to save the posts and answers for a time capsule.  Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments.  My answers will be at the bottom of this post.
In the novel David Inside Out, David grew up before the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states.  Though he was romantically drawn to boys, David never imagined that he could one day marry a man.  
How his world would have changed when the Obergefell decision came down!  The highest court in the land recognized the "equal dignity" of same-sex couples. David could now imagine a romantic life that included marriage.   His identity was affirmed. 
How did the Supreme Court decision embracing marriage equality affect you?
It would be great if this could be a forum where everyone of all stripes answered this question.  We're going to save all your posts in a 2017 time capsule. Write your answers for posterity. 
Personally, it didn't really affect my every day life.  However, I have many friends who it made it possible for them to be able to marry the person they love, whoever they may be.