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When Joe and Chris got a divorce, their children were just 5 and 3 years old. Today, their son Alex is a teenager who deals with society's misconceptions about homosexuality on a daily basis.

Alex says that the hardest part about having two gay parents is dealing with mean-spirited classmates. "They gave me hurtful nicknames like 'faggot' or 'queer,'" he says. "It made me feel like an outsider...like I wasn't normal. ... [Everybody at school] is going to have to deal with the fact that my parents are gay, and we're no different than anybody else."

Although Alex has faced ridicule in school, he's happy to call Chris and Joe his mom and dad. "I love them for coming out," he says. "They're not afraid to stand up to other people, and I'm just proud of them for coming out and living their own life."

What does Alex want to say to people who call him names? "You guys are really insecure," he says.
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Published on October 02, 2006

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