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Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Parents and Their Families Paperback – May 25, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (May 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558491619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558491618
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Vasquez on January 25, 2000
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What I enjoyed about this book is that it covered not only the people like me (gay, male, plans to have children), but it also gave me an insight into some others who have very different lives but the same issues of "alternative-ness." It actually contained a few surprises and gave me some ideas about how a family could be built from things I'd never considered before.
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By Sonalionline on February 20, 2014
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A must for every queer family. We are a lesbian couple and we want our son to see that there are others just like him with 2 moms and 2 dads etc.
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By Harriet Moulton on September 19, 2013
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REALLY wonderful and moving book. I recommend it to everyone. It should be required reading - definitely opens one eyes. Thank you for doing such a good job.
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By Rosemerry Blankswade on September 19, 2013
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Good stories and details on how each family dealt with the conflicts and controversary, but not as many photos as I was hoping.
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By Su A. Cutler on February 18, 2013
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arrived fast and in great shape. I will not write long reviews. Lost my original copy. Thanks for this one
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