Don Otis speaks of etiologies yet gives the impression Adam Ferris’ alcoholism and depression are merely secondary to his sexuality. It is absurd. I’m sure The American Psychiatric Association, The American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that homosexuality is not an illness or disorder, but a form of sexual expression. Therefore, Adam’s sexuality has nothing to do with causation of his intrinsic problems. If anything, the stigma the LGBT community endures merely exacerbated his real problems. The stigmatized are vast and various. Who is Don Otis to tell us we all need therapy? The fact of the matter is Otis is not a psychiatric professional, had never met Adam and has offended Adam’s family by publicly stating Adam struggled alone.
Adam was young, aspired to be independent and, like the majority of humanity, his journey of self-discovery was complex. Adam had the support of a loving family who encouraged him to be himself as he adjusted to rural Idaho. His family constantly addressed his feelings and offered every resource to facilitate his aspirations. Adam was indeed confused and frustrated, but he didn’t need a therapist to figure out he wanted to live in a big city where he had a better chance of meeting new friends and lovers. He had his goal and he was anxious to fulfill it.
On behalf of Adam’s family, my family, we commend Jim Healey for writing “Yup Yups” which illustrates the many facets of Adam’s life—transgender being one of those facets. Don Otis boldly claims Adam was “desperate” and “alone.” Otis’ words were a slap in the face. We do not require an apology and believe everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it is a stupid one.
A grieving brother,
Don L. White
San Diego, Calif.