Raising a Gay Son to be Topic of Free Lecture at GC


The Garrett College Joan Crawford Lecture Series, will feature a presentation titled “Matthew: Raising A Gay Son” on Monday, April 7, at noon in Room 224 on the McHenry campus. The speaker will be Tracy Barcus, Garrett College Coordinator of Residence Life. This lecture is presented free of charge and is open to the public.


Barcus will share her personal story of the concerns and challenges she has faced as the mother of a homosexual child. “I knew from the time my son was 6 years old that he was homosexual. Raising a child is always difficult but when you are raising a child that is homosexual there are different challenges to deal with,” she said.

Among the issues Barcus said she confronted on this journey of parenthood was finding ways to ensure that her son Matthew was safe. “Parents of homosexual children must also make sure that they feel good about themselves and how other people treat them,” she said.

Matthew, who is now 28, graduated in May 2013 from the University of South Dakota with his Master’s Degree in Higher and Adult Education Administration and is now working at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, coordinating a program which helps students who feel that they are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or assists them as they start to understand their sexual orientation..

“What I would like to do through my talk and discussion is to raise awareness of the importance of being accepting of others, and that homosexuality is not a disease or something that people can change,” Barcus said.

More information of this and other presentations is available by contacting Beth Luers, Garrett College Professor of Humanities, and coordinator of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series, at 301-387-3020 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.