Why A Book?
Older people are more likely to look through a book
A Father's Pride is intended to be a resource for both gay youth and their fathers, most of whom will be straight. While young people might be inclined to reach for their phone to look for advice, their dads are still likely to reach for something a little more tangible. Producing a book allows us to get this information into the hands of dads, and can help them build a stronger relationship with their gay sons.
Youth may find a book easier to access
When I was a young man struggling to understand my thoughts and feelings, I spent a lot of time in the library. My younger children, who live in a rural part of the Pacific Northwest, tell me that the public library is still a place where young people spend time. Having a book in the library, in a place where a gay young person or their dad might thumb through the pages and realize that they are not alone, could very well make a difference.
Several people have suggested fundraising with an effort to put this content in public libraries, especially in places where the community may be less supportive. As the project matures, this approach may make sense.