This week’s Ask A Question will come from all of you searching and finding The Haven!
The past week has seen people searching in three categories.
poison tree amelia atwater rhodes (Almost 20 of you just this week! This is currently the all-time most popular search)
poison tree amelia atwater rhodes plot
amelia atwater rhodes promises to keep
read hawksong online now
how many copies of poison tree by amelia atwater rhodes have been sold?
is amelia atwater-rhodes gay?
amelia atwater mandi mccrensky
amelia atwater-rhodes and partner (and variations with “wedding”, “engaged”, “wife”, “married”)
Yes, Amelia is gay. She has been out in her private life since 2000 when she was in high school; out in public life to her fans since 2007 with the following thread on her message board:
- aubreyislove asked: [If you are gay] why don’t you use your fame to promote fairness to gays? Or to be an idol to your young gay fans who have no young people writers to look up to? [Y]ou use to talk about being a witch in the open. Witch fans must have looked up to you for that […] your gay fans would look up to you now…
- Amelia said: Honestly, the reason I was openly a “witch” when first published was because I was 14 and didn’t know any better. It drove me nuts whenever an article focused on the fact that I was a kid, or that I was a witch, instead of focusing on the work itself. I ended up having to tell my publicist that I wouldn’t take questions on the subject any more.
I didn’t want my books to be labeled “gay fiction” just because who the author was. They have their stories, and points I consider far more important than my sexuality. My first priority is to be there for readers, and if I had to pick a first activist movement, it would be literacy and education. Ignorance leads to fear; education leads to tolerance. It’s all connected.
On a more personal note: reporters turned my spirituality into a freak-show carnival ride spectacle. I’m okay with their not being allowed to do the same with my sexuality.
Why, then, am I answering your question? The answer is multi-part only partially because I am overly loquacious at this early hour of the morning:
– My policy is not to lie about who I am. I understand that people remain in the closet for many reasons, but I came out seven years ago and it would quite frankly kill me to go back into that closet now. Besides, if I wanted to stay in the closet, I probably shouldn’t be starting triumphant threads about gay marriage.
– My policy is to be honest on this message board. This community means a lot to me, my readers mean a lot to me, and being here gives you the right to ask things it would be rude for a complete stranger or a reporter to ask. […]
– While education and literacy are my first passions… well, I’m from Massachusetts. And I’m proud of it. I may not “use” my fame in this context, but I am politically active, and I accepted quite a while ago that eventually my professional and political lives would intersect. I made the decision then that, when I was asked point blank, I would give an equally non-evasive reply. After all, what right do I have to ask my country to acknowledge me, if I won’t even do it myself?
Amelia is happily married as of July 4th, 2010 to her partner Mandi McCrensky. No further info on Mrs. McCrensky is available, nor should you expect it to become so unless specifically posted by Amelia. Also, in case you were curious, both women kept their last names but are using their right to be a “Mrs.” as gay marriage is legally acknowledged in Massachusetts where they live.
I know this search is going to keep happening but I hope this answers your questions concisely!
amelia rhodes email account
amelia atwater-rhodes contact information
The best way she has said is to leave a comment on her blog OR to private message her on the Nyeusigrube message board. Facebook works best after that.