May 18, 2014
Atlanta – Kordale Lewis, one of two gay fathers who appeared in a selfie with two of his biological children, has released his much-anticipated memoir, “Picture Perfect?” with hopes to answer some of the many questions he got when the picture went viral, reaching people in all parts of the world, including Spain, France, Japan, Great Britain, Russia, the West Indies, and South America.
When Lewis, 25, snapped a picture of him and his partner, Kaleb, 25, brushing his daughters’ hair for school, he thought nothing of it. “I just thought it would be a cool picture, so I posted it on Facebook and then to Instagram,” he says. Although he had posted other family photos with him, Kaleb and their three children (son Kordale Jr. was not pictured in the viral selfie), this particular picture seemed to endear itself to people all over the world. “I think it was so interesting to so many people because it showed two black dads actively taking care of their kids and just loving them.”
The couple’s social media following jumped from 3,000 to more than 100,000 on Instagram in a matter of two days. Lewis did not anticipate the response — both positive and negative.
Some of the contrasting remarks included: “I commend you guys for taking care of your kids and showing the world that homosexuals are just as capable as heterosexuals in raising kids in a loving home.” “I hate you gays. God should put you all on an island and burn it up.”
The worldwide recognition propelled the couple into a position where they had to be both congratulatory and defensive. Lewis, who had a traumatic, abusive childhood, felt that they best way to clear up any misconceptions about him, his family and his lifestyle was to open himself up even further. “Writing the book was scary,” admits Lewis, “because I knew this could mean even more criticism and condemnation, but I knew it was probably the only way I would ever face my past. I had buried so much for so many years, pretending like some things never existed.”
After more than 20 years of silence, Lewis pulls back the curtain of his life to reveal the less-than-perfect history behind that selfie. He describes his struggles with childhood sexual abuse, a drug-addicted mother, sexual identity, suicide, the trials of teen fatherhood, and much more. His story is a bold challenge for readers to redefine their own meaning of a perfect family.
The book is available in both print and digital versions on most online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and Apple. For more information, visit the author’s website: www.kordalenkaleb.com