CBS News Gay Coloring Book Draws Controversy KEYE Austin, TX. Allison Sallee, who is a psychologist with Tejas Family Guidance, says some kids question their sexuality at a very young age. "I've definitely had kids who believe they may be gay, lesbian or bisexual come in at 10 or 11," said Sallee. Sallee believes the 40-page coloring book -- complete with a sample coming out letter -- and gay celebrity trading cards -- is a great teaching tool -- for any age. "It's a really non-threatening way to talk about that. I like that," added Sallee. ----Alex Boyer CBS Austin, TX
OUT Magazine - Here Media Inc - "A practical (and fabulous) approach for children, adults, and educators to address gay life. The book can act as a fun coffee-table conversation starter, an introduction into gay culture and history, and/or a guide for folks who may be struggling with understanding their own sexuality or the sexuality of others. Or you can just marvel that there are gay trading cards. Overall, the novel s main message is that being gay is something to be celebrated and there is community, history and resources to be found in LGBTQ culture. If you're looking for a great way to educate a child or friend or want to spice up your road trip or waiting room, check out Being Gay Is Okay. Or just buy it to have fun at your next dinner party." ----Chloe Fitzpatrick OUT Magazine Here Media Inc.
Dr. Deb Pontillo - a pediatric psychologist and expert in child development, behavior, and learning. Pontillo thinks most of the book will simply go over a child's head with no harm, but she also sees pages they will understand, like the one with a family with two dads, and she says that's a good thing. "You know, we're not talking about sexuality. We're not talking about what that means to be in love. We're just talking about different kinds of families, and everyone's family is different and here's what my family looks like, and let's color it," said Pontillo. What Pontillo really likes about the book is that it's a creative way to get people talking about an issue many find uncomfortable, but must face. ----How to help my Child with Dr. Deborah Pontillo
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Really Big Coloring Books, ® Inc. (RBCB) headquartered in St. Louis, MO is a multinational company providing coloring and activity book products for over two decades. Known for their market leading positions, RBCB'S family of trademarked products are classic, colorful and unique. The company products are multicultural, multilingual and representative of all people. The company uses soy based inks, prints on recycled paper and they participate in Sustainable Forestry Initiatives. With retail, fundraising, custom, educational and creative departments, Really Big Coloring Books owns and operates around 800 coloring book domain names in multiple countries.