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Interviewing My Daughter

Many balked at the notion of a single man raising a daughter—a son, maybe, but a little girl? Many insisted a white man could not raise a black child. Others were outraged that he was gay. When the agency overseeing the adoption learned the adoptive father was HIV-positive, they did their best to stop the adoption. Besides, he was too old (forty-four) and who would do her hair?

Every naysayer, every voice in his head, every sugar-toned bit of advice from the well-meaning: all of it merely strengthened his resolve to adopt the baby that he knew would be his daughter in every conceivable way.

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