Eric Rosswood (né Ross, born 1979) is an American writer and LGBT activist, best known for writing books about parenting. He is the author of My Uncle's Wedding, Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood, The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads, and We Make It Better.
Rosswood signing copies of My Uncle's Wedding at the book release
October 12, 1979
|Occupation||LGBT activist, writer|
|Notable works||My Uncle's Wedding (2011);|
Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood (2016)
|Spouse||Mat Rosswood (né Wood)|
My Uncle’s WeddingEdit
My Uncle’s Wedding is a children’s picture book about marriage equality. The main character is a young boy named Andy who finds out that his uncle, Mike, is going to get married to his long-term boyfriend, Steve. In the book, Andy talks about his uncle's wedding, how it affects him, and the things he gets to do in preparation for the ceremony. Tracy K. Greene created illustrations and the author is credited as Eric Ross instead of Eric Rosswood because he wrote and published the book prior to getting married and changing his last name.
Rosswood stated he intentionally left the word "gay" out of the book because the story was about a wedding, not a "gay wedding." My Uncle’s Wedding was praised by Marriage Equality USA and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. During the official book release, California Senator Mark Leno presented Rosswood with a Senate Certificate of Recognition for My Uncle's Wedding, stating the book's "vital role in creating a brighter future."
In various interviews, Rosswood explained that the reason he wrote My Uncle’s Wedding was because he didn't like how opponents of marriage equality would always use kids for political gain, so he decided to write about the topic from a child’s perspective.
Journey to Same-Sex ParenthoodEdit
While trying to expand his own family, Rosswood realized there was a lack of resources available to help same-sex couples compare paths to parenthood. He wrote Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood to help same-sex couples start their own families. The book compares adoption, foster care, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and co-parenting to help LGBTQ people decide which path is right for them. It includes 19 real life stories from parents around the world, including the United States, the UK, Ireland, and South Africa. One of the stories was written by a serodiscordant couple, and it is believed that Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood is the first book that gives an example for how a gay couple can have children when one of the prospective parents is HIV-positive.
The Ultimate Guide for Gay DadsEdit
Rosswood’s third book, The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads, covers general parenting information, but instead of topics focusing on mothers, it highlights information relevant to gay dads. The book includes parenting tips and advice from pediatricians, school educators, lawyers, and other gay parents. The foreword was written by Golden Globe nominated writer, director, and producer Greg Berlanti, best known for his work as executive producer and co-creator of The CW’s Arrow. The audiobook is narrated by Paul Michael Garcia. The book became the #1 New Release in the Adoption category on Amazon. The book received positive responses from Shawn Moore, Board Member for the Modern Family Alliance, and Stan J. Sloan, CEO for The Family Equality Council. The Washington Blade called it a "generous resource."
We Make It BetterEdit
In 2018, Rosswood partnered with Kathleen Archambeau to write We Make It Better: The LGBTQ Community and their Positive Contributions to Society. The book is split into 10 sections: activism, business, dance, film & television, government and military, music, religion, science, sports, and literature. It features biographies on many subjects, including Oscar Wilde, Emma González, Bayard Rustin, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Leonard Matlovich, Johanna Siguroardottir, and Tim Cook. Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, stated, "This book is sure to empower the next generation of LGBTQ youth to find their passions and transform the world."
Rosswood has been an activist for LGBTQ equality and equal rights. In addition to starting a GSA at his high school, he was also a chapter leader for Marriage Equality USA and helped with grassroots activism in the fight against Prop 8, which took away marriage rights from same-sex couples.
In 2017, when Heterosexual Pride Day was trending on Twitter, Rosswood tweeted the previously used phrase, "It's that time of year again when all the homophobic people complain about not having a #HeterosexualPrideDay and here's the annual response: "Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn't a Straight Pride movement, be thankful you don't need one.""
In January 2019, after Tulsi Gabbard announced she was running for the 2020 United States presidential election, Rosswood tweeted "Homophobic remarks from @TulsiGabbard resurface after announcing she’s running for president? Thank U, Next!"
Rosswood is now a commentator on LGBTQ issues, including civil rights, parenting, marriage, and politics. He has led panels on LGBTQ parenting issues for organizations such as the Family Equality Council and the Modern Family Alliance.
Rosswood and his husband, Mat, met at a salsa class in 2007. They were married at Disneyland in 2011. They combined their last names (Ross and Wood) to make Rosswood. They adopted their son, Connor, in 2013. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Rosswood stated he and his husband "encountered challenges not typically covered in basic parenting manuals" because they were same-sex parents.
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- "THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR GAY DADS". Audio File Magazine. June 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
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- Rosswood, Eric; Archambeau, Kathleen (November 15, 2018). We Make It Better: The LGBTQ Community and Their Positive Contributions to Society. Mango. ISBN 978-1633538207.
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