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Unformatted text preview: In Firebird, Doty writes about Mark, a sassy pleasantly plump boy with a southern accent who one day while enjoying music in his bedroom is interrupted by his mother as he performs his own version of a Judy Garland tune Get Happy while his friend plays the bongos. While dressed as the his female counter part from the black hosiery to eye makeup, his mother walked into the room glanced at the scenery and sends her son's friend home while turning to look at her soon in such a disgusted manner stating "son you're a boy before turning to leave the room. In some ways, Doty searches for that place where he can go and be himself, a whole person not torn apart by insecurity and loneliness. Mark was often lonely and ostracized and filled with shame that he was somehow different. A boy who comes to terms with his homosexuality at a time when there were few if any role models and peoples attitudes were more hostile than they are now. In Firebird, the main character Mark endured a suicide attempt and an apparent assault by his mother...
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