It was a mistake.
I knew any book set in an abandoned mental asylum was going to be too dark for me. I knew it, and I read the damn thing anyway.
Not that The Tin Box by Kim Fielding isn’t a good book. It is.
Fielding tells a story of two Williams — One arrested and consigned to a mental hospital in the 40’s for homosexual activity, the other trying to recover from religious parents and conversion therapy circa 2012.
I finished the book and thought I was okay … until I tried to sleep that night. Impossible. I kept thinking of that poor 1940’s William. I told myself it was fiction, fiction!
Fiction? Well … Yes, and no.
True, Fielding’s Williams are fictional characters, but what happens to them in the book has happened — and is still happening to LGBTQ people today.
In one of those freaky, maybe-there-is-a-Master-of-the-Universe coincidences, I opened my phone the next morning to find an email asking me to sign a petition to End Gay Conversion Therapy in Canada.
Disgusting, but true. 2018 and Conversion Therapy isn’t banned nation wide. So far, only two provinces have declared CT illegal. Thank God, I live in one of them.
Really? What is wrong with this world?
How hard is it to say you be you and I’ll be me?