Straight Life Cycle/Queer Life

Straight Life Cycle/Queer Life

by Mark O'Connell

Queer therapist and writer Mark O'Connell shares a psychotherapy vignette about navigating traditional heterosexual milestones as a gay man.
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    “It’s time,” my husband emailed me, along with details for an adoption orientation. We were thirty-seven. We both had careers we loved—he a lawyer, me a therapist. We had achieved some creative goals–writing, acting, cake decorating–and let go of many more. We had each lost parents way too soon. And we were not getting any younger. This was obviously the right time to have a kid, I said to myself, right?
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    Mark O'ConnellMark O'Connell, LCSW-R, MFA, is a NYC-based psychotherapist in private practice. His writing covers a range of topics related to the performing art of living, and has been published in Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, as well as popular sources, including The Huffington Post and on his Psychology Today column, Quite Queerly. He is the author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional 21st Century Weddings. His website is: www.markoconnelltherapist.com
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