Thanks for sharing. If gay people are going to be parents, they need to recognize the needs of their straight children, and do their best to meet them. That you've connected with other people in the same boat shows that you're not alone. Your relationship with your parents was "still happy and loving." I hope that's still true today. I hope sharing this story lets other children of anonymous sperm donors know they are not alone, either.

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First, your hair is beautiful, and I'm frankly jealous. Before I retired, I had to wash mine every dang day to even be able to style it. And I really envied Georgia, our black admin, her braids. She looked like a goddess. And she was 5' 8" to my 5' 2."

Most of the black women I know ARE articulate and well-spoken and a pleasure to talk to. And no, they don't "sound white." Most have voices with a rich, evocative timbre that sounds musical even when we're just talking.

You are changing the world, one person at a time, every time you challenge someone's perception of what a black person is. A woman, a human being, and a fine writer. Thank you for the article.

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Kathleen Renee Parrish

Kathleen Renee Parrish

I'm a gleefully retired nuclear engineer, wife, mother and (new) grandmother. We live in Arizona in a rural neighborhood. I retired early to write and travel.