From Library Journal
This collection of informal family portraits and interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children grew out of a photo exhibit created by photographer Kaeser. Myriad family configurations are presented: gay and lesbian couples, divorced lesbians coparenting, single parents, transgendered parents, and stepparents and their children. From text accompanying the photographs, we learn who these people consider family and why as they speak about their feelings and experiences as part of an LGBT family. The interviews reveal many of the same joys and struggles as found in other families in addition to the challenges of being an LGBT family in a predominantly heterosexual world. Most enlightening are the children's words; some tell of teasing and hostility directed toward them because of their family, while others simply state that they have two moms or two dads and a family is the people who love you. Recommended for all public libraries.ADebra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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The newest picture book about human relationships (Kelsh and Quindlen's Siblings
is a recent shining example of the type) focuses on families in which the parents are lesbians, gay men, or transgendered persons, and the children are either offspring of one of the parents or adopted or foster children of one or both parents. Adding further diversity are biracial couples; parents and children of different races; children with impairments; and families that include nonresident members (e.g., a parent's grandfather in one case, the other biological parent in others). In the manner of this kind of book, photoportraits accompany statements by those portrayed (except for tiny tots). The thrust of the whole project is that these good families differ from those of analogous heterosexual parents only in that they do or may suffer from antigay social attitudes and antigay public policies. The book complements a four-year-old traveling exhibition that comes in two versions: one for elementary-school students, the other for teenagers and adults. Ray Olson
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