Hey everyone, I have been toying around with the idea of writing about same sex couples and adoption for some time. The amount of research needed to do the theme justice has been truly challenging but that is not the reason why I am typing up this thread. Let me give you a very very brief prècis of what the story is about - a famous same sex couple come out in the open, reception is strong on both sides and they get married, settle down in Spain (which is the only country to my knowledge that does not discern between same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption) and adopt a child. Things start out well but eventually takes a turn for the worst (both of them succumbing to external pressure perhaps) and it leads to one of them leaving. So the other character ends up raising the child as a single parent. This is just a rough sketch of what I want to do with the story. Of course I would like to magnify my focus on societal perception of such a couple, their lifestyle choices as well as the kind of effect (probably detrimental?) it will have on their child. I am just beginning with the planning stage. Anecdotes aside, what I'd like to know is how should I begin the story. I have been toying around with two options. 1. Begin with the two main characters - how they meet, get together (which I suspect is going to focus a lot on their relationship, keeping it closeted from immediate friends and families and then finally coming out etc) and let the story take off from there. Or. 2. Write it from the perspective of the character who raises his daughter - years later he is at her house visiting, she is married with a family. This I think will come across as a recollection of things, events that have shaped both of their lives, how things fell apart etc. (This opening is inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri's short stories collection Unaccustomed Earth - the first story, although they are completely unrelated beyond the father visiting his daughter's family bit) Which opening do you think I should go ahead with? Much thanks in advance.