Can Staceyann Chin Change the World’s Perception of Women?

Staceyann Chin, a lesbian immigrant from Jamaica, shares her story of becoming a single mom in New York – through health insurance problems, bed rest and then raising a baby inside her small Brooklyn apartment.

artificial insemination, becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization and continuing life as a single widow living in a small Brooklyn apartment. Her narrative offers a blunt and unapologetic look at a system that presents formidable obstacles to single black mothers.

Tony Award winner and “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, an out lesbian and mother, directs the play. Chin’s story seemed to strike a chord with her, as Nixon signed on within two hours of receiving the script.

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Black, Gay, Single and Raising a Daughter

Chin first began chronicling her pregnancy in a Huffington Post blog. She shared her emotional ups and downs, as well as struggles to entertain herself during doctor-mandated bed rest and registering for her baby shower. And with MotherStruck!, Chin has created a different kind of drama, one that stands out from the canon of theater that more often addresses strained relationships between fathers and sons. Since Chin is a gay, single Jamaican immigrant, the drama of MotherStruck! is most definitely female, addressing infertility, fear of miscarriages, a painful, lengthy labor and, of course, motherhood.

Chin challenges the stereotype of black mothers taking advantage of the system that enables them. Ronald Reagan brought us the “welfare queen,” or as Chin describes it, “The single black woman who is portrayed as sucking the system dry. Taking from the system. As if we do not owe her. As if her being a citizen and working in the world [is not enough].”

What’s more, Chin said her sexual orientation is still a taboo subject among some families. “Talking about LGBT families is kind of an oxymoron in the media in popular works. People fear that LGBT is a not thing [you can talk about], [being] lesbian is not a thing you can talk about with a kid, and therefore it’s not a family conversation.”

That conversation is slowly changing, Chin said, but not enough and certainly not fast enough. It’s an 

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