Joan Garry, former executive director of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has always been an inspirational activist and hands-on mom. Lately she’s been working on a blog with her 18-year old daughter, Sarah (also known as Scout). The website is called Who’s The Grownup? – and its premise is engaging.
They call it a dueling blog. Joan and Scout post daily on the same subjects. The topic is taken from politics, a current event, pop culture or life observations. Each woman blogs independently on the same topic and posts at the same time.
Throughout the years – working as an advocate – Joan has shared many anecdotes about her family life, including stories about Scout. So it’s rewarding to hear from Scout directly – now that she’s a college freshman, studying broadcast journalism at Emerson College.
Scout recently wrote about her experience at a campus rally for Barack Obama (which was crossposted at The Huffington Post). And – in a separate blog post – Joan announced that her family agrees on a Presidential candidate (it’s Barack).
During her tenure at GLAAD, Joan convinced the New York Times to include lesbian and gay couples on its wedding pages, and she’s the first woman in New Jersey to legally adopt her partner’s biological children. Joan famously battled bigoted radio host Laura Schlessinger, and even debated Jerry Falwell about whether Tinky Winky is gay. She’s recently been featured in the Washington Blade and The Huffington Post.
Scout has been studying improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City for three years. She’s interned at CNN and The New York Theatre Workshop – and currently has a weekly radio show at WERS 88.9FM.
Joan and her partner Eileen Opatut have been together for 25 years and have three kids, Sarah (18), and twins – Ben (12) and Kit (12).
Image Source: Joan and Scout, from WhosTheGrownup.com