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How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages (Haworth Gay and Lesbian Studies) Hardcover – July 28, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1560234197 ISBN-10: 1560234199 Edition: 1st

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Grade 5 Up–Thirty-two individuals between the ages of 7 and 31 provide enlightening perspectives on the confusion and prejudices surrounding this issue. Snow emphasizes that problems arise due to divorce, homophobia, and discrimination from peers and politics, not because being gay or lesbian results in bad parenting skills. The voices range from naive to experienced and philosophical, depending on the narrator's age. A black-and-white spot illustration decorates the opening page of each chapter. This inspirational, eye-opening title gives readers who have gay and lesbian parents a much-deserved voice.–Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library
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Gr. 5-8. Thirty-two individuals, ranging in age from 7 to 31, reflect on the experience of having a homosexual parent. Of course, some are more articulate than others, but all candidly express their feelings, which typically range from initial bafflement through hurt to acceptance. In many cases, divorce and its impact seem to be larger issues than a parent's sexual orientation, though the painful consequences of bigotry and homophobia are also factors. As one 16-year-old girl wisely notes, "People don't even seem to try to understand; they just get scared and confused and act out of hate because something is different." Though primarily targeted at children of gay and lesbian parents, this book has information, insight, and understanding to offer to readers of different circumstances^B and ages. Michael Cart
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Haworth Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560234199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560234197
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My kids really appeciated being able to read that other kids feel and go through the same thing.
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Good book but I need to know more about older children that would be in foster care that need a stable home environment.
Mark
The fact that the book provided perspectives from a wide range of children was particularly helpful.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Frost on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking it would be good for my daughter and my partner's daughter. It has some good writing, but definitely get this for an older teen. The stories weren't really coming from kids my daughter's age (10), so they were harder to relate to for her. Perhaps in a couple years she'll pick it up and give it another try.

I love the premise of this book...and I'd like to see something just like it but written from younger kids' perspectives.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anglo Dad on August 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I found that it's something so new over the past few years, as far as something that people talk about. We've come so far relative to diversity, acceptance, and sharing our personal stories, that a book like this is a breath of fresh air. I'm happy that it talks about things from a child's perspective, and doesn't try to be too clinical or matter-of-fact. My children loved the book (they're teens....and I'm a gay dad) and it put all of the challenges, blessings, and difficulties into perspective for them. We're all walking a different path, and it's great to see what others (and their children have gone through.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ReadingGrrl on January 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
The kids interviewed for this book range in age from seven to thirty-one. It is interesting to see the differences and the similarities in all of their situations. It seems that most of them were okay with their parents being gay it but when they were in elementary school or middle school they were scared their friends would make fun of them. Once the teens hit high school they didn't care as much but many were selective about who they told. The other interesting thing I found was that most of the kids were more concerned about their parents being happy and wishing that their parents were still together despite them liking the other people in their parents lives. Almost all of the kids expressed that they were either happy to know other kids with gay parents or that they wished they did know other kids with gay parents. Sharing that bond was important for them.

I really liked hearing the stories from the kids point of view and seeing how they were similar or different depending on their ages. This book was originally printed in 2004, I would love to see a follow up book with a whole new crop of teens and pre-teens since there have been so many significant changes in the world since it was first published. Not to mention I think there are many more visible LGBT families out there now.

I think this book could be very valuable to kids whose parents are just coming out or are having a hard time adjusting to their parents being gay. Knowing that there are other kids in their shoes and knowing that they might feel similar makes you feel not as alone.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gwynne Ellen Ash on August 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've never read this book, but I'm very disturbed that it came up under a search of mentally ill parents. I think amazon should be ASHAMED to have classified homosexuality as a mental illness. I am SHOCKED!
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By VSG on April 10, 2014
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This wa a gift for a family going through custody battle and they said it helped them with seeing opinions from other people and reading it.
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