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Biography & Autobiography Lgbt

A Family Outing

by (author) Ruby Remenda Swanson

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
LGBT, Motherhood
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    Sep 2016
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Ruby Swanson’s life changed when her sixteen-year-old son walked to her office, closed the door, and with his hand still on the doorknob said, “I’m gay.” Despite her initial reaction of shock, fear, and denial, Ruby became a public advocate for equality and acceptance of the LGBT community. A Family Outing is the story of Ruby’s experiences. She addresses the deeply homophobic time in which baby boomers grew up, the emergence of the gay rights movement, and how the AIDS epidemic transformed the LGBT landscape.


A Family Outing is a memoir about discovering gay great-uncles and learning about their lives. It is about operating spotlights at a drag queen show, and about marching in Pride Parades. It is about the discrimination that gay people continue to face today and what emerges from the direct, clear-eyed prose. Finally, it is the picture of a woman who endured taunts from religious fundamentalists and political protestors to become an LGBT advocate.

About the author

Originally from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Ruby Remenda Swanson is currently Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Studies at the University of Alberta. She was a freelance promotional writer with the Children's Television Workshop in New York City. She has received the University of Alberta Human Rights Education Recognition Award and was a director of PFLAG Edmonton. Ruby lives in Edmonton with her husband.

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Editorial Reviews

“Ruby’s account of her family’s journey with a gay son is a story of courage and love.”

Michael Phair, gay activist and former Edmonton city councillor

A Family Outing is a genuine account of a parent’s experience. This book exemplifies the process of moving through the stages of confusion, to acceptance, to celebrating a child’s authentic identity. Moreover, it also outlin’s this parent’s endles devotion to a healthier LGBTQ community.”

Tamara D. Gartner, RSW, M.A., Registered psychologist, co-director of Inclusive Counselling & Consulting Psychological Services

“Filled with love, empathy and good storytelling.”

The Toronto Star

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