In sad news yesterday, former Seattle Board Director (and President), Cheryl Chow revealed that she has brain cancer and not much time. Chow is 66.
She also revealed that she is gay. From the KING 5 report:
Parents and kids, don't be afraid of saying that you're gay. I was
afraid for over 60 years and those 60 years were wasted,” she said.
Chow, 66, says she feared the reaction of the Chinese community and her
mother, restaurateur and King County Councilmember, Ruby Chow, whom she
wanted to please.
She said her mother, in fact, was one of the first owners in town to
welcome gay organizations to her restaurant.
“However, that didn't mean that she wanted me to be gay,” said Chow.
Chow has been a public servant, both on the Seattle City Council and the School Board. For nearly her entire adult life she coached the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill team and told them to feel good about who they are.
She showed her typical humor in this exchange:
Asked if she still thinks she'll get some pushback from the Chinese
community, Chow says,”No, they can't do anything to me now. What are
they going to do, kill me?”
From the story:
Chow and Sarah Morningstar, an assistant principal, have been together
for 10 years. They began running marathons because training was a way
for them to be together in public.
Last month, Chow became a second adoptive parent to Morningstar's
daughter, 4-year-old Liliana. The family celebrated with a trip to
“If I can save one child from feeling bad or even committing suicide
because they felt terrible because they were gay, then I would have
succeeded in my last crusade,” said Chow.
I had a gut reaction to this story because it relates to some parts of my life and I send good karma to Cheryl and her family and thank her for courage and her service. It is a humbling story.