Eric Rosswood

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Eric Rosswood
Born Eric Ross
(1979-10-12) October 12, 1979 (age 34)
Escondido, California
Residence Bay area, California
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Orange Glen High School;
University of Phoenix
Occupation Author; LGBT activist
Notable work(s) My Uncle's Wedding
Style Children's stories
Board member of
San Francisco Pride (former)
Spouse(s) Mat Rosswood (née Wood)
Children Connor Rosswood
Parents Bonnie and Doyle Ross
Awards Senate Certificate of Recognition
Website
Twitter: @LGBT_Activist
Rosswood signing copies of My Uncle's Wedding during the book launch

Eric Rosswood, born Eric Ross, is an LGBT activist known for his activism and for his children's book My Uncle's Wedding.

An avid champion of LGBT equality, Rosswood worked as a chapter leader for Marriage Equality USA and was a member of the San Francisco Pride board before becoming a writer.[1][2]

Education[edit]

Rosswood graduated from Orange Glen High School in Escondido in 1998. While in school, Rosswood was the victim of bullying.[3]

Activism[edit]

Gay-Straight Alliance[edit]

Rosswood started Orange Glen High School's first Gay-Straight Alliance in the late 90s. The starting of the club made the front page of the North County Times since Rosswood had to go before the school board after being deterred by a school counselor and then the school principal from starting the club. A reporter attending the school board meeting was struck by Rosswood's speech and ran the story to garner support. Eventually the principal begrudgingly agreed to let the club be founded because of the mounting pressure.[2]

San Francisco Pride Board[edit]

Rosswood was a member of the San Francisco Pride Board and sat on the oversight panel. During his tenure on the board, Rosswood participated in the San Francisco Pride Parade.[4][5]

Students For Equality[edit]

Rosswood helped to found Students For Equality, a youth-led student group aimed at tapping into the energy that young people used in helping to get Barack Obama elected in the 2008 Presidential election. The goals of the organization were to create a network for LGBT students, raise the profile of LGBT youth and connect gay-straight alliances in high schools and college campuses to each other.

Part of the Students For Equality organization was creating an Equality on Campus Day, which occurred January 27, 2009.[6] Rosswood stated "“The younger generation was very involved in the election this year. This event is a way for them to stay involved in political activism, and not just unite in the fight for marriage equality, but for LGBT equality as a whole.”[7]

SFE sold shirts as a fundraiser for the Equality on Campus Day, with their goals being:[8]

  • Get students more involved in the fight towards LGBT equality.
  • Raise the visibility of the LGBT movement towards equality.
  • Have the event one week after the inauguration to remind Obama that we are not going away. We are expecting him to address same-sex marriage, and LGBT rights in general.
  • Raise money towards fighting for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the courts by donating part of the proceeds to Lambda Legal.

My Uncle's Wedding[edit]

As Eric Ross, Rosswood wrote the children's book titled My Uncle's Wedding to explain same-sex marriage to children. The book was inspired by Rosswood planning his own wedding.[9] The book was written for children between the ages of 4-8.[10]

The description of the book is "There’s so much to do now that Uncle Mike and Steve are getting married. Follow Andy on this enjoyable journey as he talks about his uncle's wedding, how it affects him, and the things he gets to do in preparation for the ceremony. You’ll laugh and smile as you read this adorable story about marriage and family."[11]

The book received positive reviews upon being released, including being called "outstanding".[12][13] Molly McKay, National Media Director for Marriage Equality USA, stated "This children’s book is the perfect gift for any child who loves a good story and especially children with gay people in their family."[14] The book is also endorsed by the Family Equality Council.[15]

During the book release, Senator Mark Leno presented Rosswood with a Senate Certificate of Recognition for My Uncle's Wedding that stated the book had "a vital role in creating a brighter future."[16]

The book topped Amazon's best seller list in both the Gay and Lesbian section and the Family and Parenting section.[17]

Personal life[edit]

On April 2, 2011, Rosswood married Mat Wood, who is originally from the UK.[18] Both men changed their last name to the portmanteau of Rosswood.[19] Their wedding ceremony was held at Disneyland, who featured the couple on their official wedding blog, calling the event a "fairytale wedding". 12 pictures from the ceremony were featured.[20] The ceremony was held in the Rose Court Garden and featured a three-tiered Mad Hatter wedding cake. The grooms also rode in Cinderella's carriage.[21] The wedding was called "significant" for being covered by the Disney blog, and was touted as an equality movement success.[22][23]

With marriage not being legal in California between two members of the same sex in 2011, Rosswood and husband obtained a domestic partnership before their ceremony. The couple then went to New York, where same sex marriage was legal, to officially marry.

The couple adopted son Connor through an open adoption in 2013. They were open about their desire to adopt a child and utilized social media to spread that message.[24][25] Building on that experience, Rosswood is working on a book that the Family Equality Council describes as vignettes from "people in the LGBT community who have gone through different avenues of parenthood, such as adoption, foster care, surrogacy, co-parenting, etc." with a "Chicken Soup for the Soul"-type format.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Behan, Brendan. "Membership Chooses "Global Equality" as 2012 Celebration and Parade Theme". San Francisco Pride. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Hurley, Morgan M. (15 Apr 2011). ""My Uncle's Wedding" is endearing children's story of Andy and his growing family - and marriage equality". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Echo (24 Apr 2011). ""My Uncle’s Wedding" – Marriage Equality, A Child’s View". Out Impact. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Pocket Pride". San Francisco Pride. 5. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Hemmelgarn, Seth (20 September 2011). "Pride ED departure uncertain". Edge. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Jim (15 January 2008). "Michigan locals push for statewide adoption of Equality on Campus Day". Pride Source. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Eqyallity on Campus Day". Rights Equal Rights. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "End Bigotry in Venango County". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Say Uncle! My Uncle’s Wedding Is Cute But Redundant". Mombian. 8 Mar 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "My Uncle's Wedding". Joe My God. 16 Feb 20. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "About the book". My Uncle's Wedding. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Crawford, Hannah. "Book Review: My Uncle’s Wedding by Eric Ross". Rainbow Rumpus. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Terrence Meck on LGBT grants, Eric Ross’ book for kids, teen activist Caleb Laieski". LGBT Nation. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "My Uncle’s Wedding". Australian Marriage Equality. 18 Feb 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "BOOK NOOK: EARLY ELEMENTARY". Family Equality Council. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "First Graders in San Francisco Learn About Marriage Equality for Harvey Milk Day". Edge On The Net. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Authors Team up to Promote LGBT Characters and Storylines in Children’s Literature". PRLOG. 6 Mar 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Same-sex Marriage and Children". Marriage Equality Newsletter. 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Eric and Mat Rosswood". Out. 26 Jul 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Donovan (27 Jul 2011). "Gay Wedding Featured On Disneyland’s Official Wedding Blog". Homorazzi. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Hemmelgarn, Seth (4 Aug 2011). "Online extra: Wedding Bell Blues: Disney captures couple's wedding". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  22. ^ Hooper, Jeremy (25 July 2011). "Disney wedding blog features same-sex duo; How long until political Pinocchios claim it'll lead to man-on-Jiminy-Cricket unions?". Good As You. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  23. ^ Goldberg, Ester. "Disney Features a Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony on Their Website!! WE LOVE THE MAGIC KINGDOM!". Ester Goldberg. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Family Life With Eric & Mat Rosswood". I Heart Adoption. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Hi! Thanks for visiting our adoption website". Eric and Mat. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  26. ^ Bellemare, Jaime (21 February 2014). "AUTHOR LOOKS FOR LGBT PARENTS TO SHARE STORIES FOR NEW BOOK". Family Equality Council. Retrieved 16 July 2014.