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Author Feinstein: Gay People Are 'Simply a Fact of Life'

 

By    |   Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:40 PM

John Feinstein, the bestselling author of sports mysteries for young adults, tells Newsmax TV he included a gay character in his new novel not to be controversial, but because "it’s simply a fact of life."

"I don't try to pass judgment on whether it's good to be gay or bad to be gay," Feinstein said of his new book "The Sixth Man (The Triple Threat, 2)" in an interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"It's simply a fact of life that many people in our society are gay, the same way there are many people in our society who are African American, and many people in our society who are Muslim, there are many people in our society who are Christian, many who are Jewish.

"I'm not passing judgment on that. What I am doing … is trying to say that the last bastion where it's been sort of OK to gay bash — and I know this from my experience as an athlete myself and having covered sports for so many years — has been sports."

In "The Sixth Man (The Triple Threat, 2)," a new high school student named Max Bellotti promises to turn the losing streak of the Lions' basketball team around and lead the team to a conference title.

But some of the Lions' veteran players resent being benched in favor of an upstart freshman. Things are further complicated when Max comes out as gay, with cold shoulders escalating into heated protests and an out-and-out war with the school board.

"We have made a lot of progress in that area where [former New Jersey Nets and Atlanta Hawks center] Jason Collins has come out and was largely accepted, [football defensive end] Michael Sam came out and was largely accepted," Feinstein said.

"I know from my own kids' experiences that there are now GLAAD [formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation] groups in most high schools and some in middle schools.

"That's good, that's progress that kids are now being told, you can be yourself and it's OK to be yourself. That's what I'm saying is right."

"The Sixth Man (The Triple Threat, 2)" is published by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

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