Anti-gay activist Amy Contrada’s world came crashing down earlier this week when her daughter Claudia came out of the closet. A high school student with a starring role in her mother’s least favorite play, The Laramie Project, Claudia recently sat down with Queer Today and gives readers an inside look into her tumultuous family politics.
QT: What is it like for you to be supportive of gay rights but have an anti-gay activist parent?
CC: Itâ€™s difficult because we clash horribly. Itâ€™s really stressful because thereâ€™s always an argument going on.
QT: Do you identify as LGB or T?
CC: I am a lesbian, which my mom still does not get. She just says that I am confused. I realized in around eighth grade, but I was in denial for quite some time because I was scared due to my mother constantly saying that homosexuality is wrong. How can it ever be wrong to love though? Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™d like to know.
Claudia Contrada, you may be a lady, but you’ve got balls of steel!