Zach Wahls Talks About His New Book 'My Two Moms'

By: Michael Matson

Zach Wahls has become one of the most articulate and compelling advocates for LGBT families of recent years.

Ever since a video of a then 19-year-old Wahls defending his lesbian moms to the Iowa House of Representatives went viral in early 2011 (the clip has more than 18 million views to date), Wahls has come to symbolize the possibilities of good parenting, gay or otherwise. And during the past year, the 20-year-old writer, entrepreneur, and civil rights activist was interviewed on MSNBC, made a guest appearance on The Ellen Show, and spoke at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards. Wahls has also written his first book, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family.

The book, which was written with Bruce Littlefield and will be published on April 26th, ensures that Wahls' story will continue to change hearts and minds, thanks to the media coverage expected to coinside with its release. And during an election year that has seen mutliple presidential hopefuls demonize LGBT people and their families, the sober and compelling voice of this mature young man is needed more than ever.

In the clip below, Wahls talks about the importance of family to one's success, feeling exclude by the GOP's definition of "family values" as an adolescent, and what he hopes to accomplish with the book. And his moms Jackie and Terry reveal that their son first displayed his exceptional oratory skills when he was just a toddler.