Dustin Lance Black is firing back at Twitter trolls criticizing his decision to have a child with his husband, Olympic swimmer Tom Daley. The two have been subjected to non-stop attacks online by trolls and the religious right.
Richard Littlejohn wrote a column in the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, entitled “Please don’t pretend two dads is the new normal.”
Many took issue with the fathers-to-be’s decision to have a child with a surrogate mother instead of adopting. Anti-transgender activist Julie Bindel, for example, repeated a common criticism.
to have a think about the systems of oppression they are propping up: https://t.co/JarLF7hmed
— Julie Bindel (@bindelj) February 15, 2018
While Black had responded back to the online hate with a simple message to the trolls spouting abuse about his family, he held back until now when he responded to Twitter user “LadyJoanne” with a teachable moment.
Asking the user if she was adopted, he points out that “heterosexual parents could have adopted far easier than LGBTQ parents can today. So why didn’t they adopt instead of having you? Hurtful question isn’t it?”
I just think a child needs loving parents.I used to think like you but I have since seen it in practice and whilst it’s not the norm, it can actually work. I don’t however agree with a baby being created in this way. I think they should have adopted a child that’s already in care
— 🌸LadyJoanne🌸🏴🏴☘️🇬🇧 (@LadyBabyLoveBug) March 2, 2018
A QUESTION: were u adopted by your parents? Because heterosexual parents could have adopted far easier than LGBTQ parents can today. So why didn’t they adopt instead of having you? Hurtful question isn’t it? Please consider this b4 making such comments to LGBTQ parents again.❤️ https://t.co/BCnr1wGf5m
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) March 2, 2018
My reaction to others’ hate, bigotry & misinformation will not include anger or hate. For me, the path forward is lit with curiosity, listening, correcting the record when possible, and as best I can, leading with an example of strength & love. pic.twitter.com/lJ9pGn8stM
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 16, 2018