Weekend reading: ‘Teaching the Cat to Sit’ recalls being gay in the Bible Belt

Teaching the Cat to Sit
“Teaching the Cat to Sit” is out now.
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This memoir, about a gay woman growing up in a deeply Catholic family in Texas, tackles many of life’s big questions: faith, purpose, sexuality and family. What do you do when what you want most is to please your parents, but they can’t accept who you are? It’s a question author Michelle Theall struggled with well into her adult life, still trying to find ways to earn the acceptance of her parents after she and her partner adopted a son.

When her son’s Catholic school expelled all the children of gay parents – yes, really – Theall’s attempts to stand up for him landed her in the public eye as she battled the Catholic church. The ordeal forced her to search for answers to big questions: What does it mean to be a good mother? What does it mean to be a woman? How does religion play a role in parenting?

Even if you aren’t gay, chances are these are questions you’re also looking for answers to.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence



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