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Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is Paperback – April 5, 2005
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Using extensive research and interviews with some five dozen youths, Garner discusses many topics including: adult parents coming out in the family; family changes, particularly divorces and same-sex break-ups; how kids with LGBT parents handle school; the concept of "straight family privilege"; the impact of HIV/AIDS; straight kids in queer culture; and kids of LGBT parents who don't grow up to be straight. She doesn't shy away from tough questions, and she doesn't believe that kids with gay parents grow up exactly like everyone else. But it is clear that she is championing a little-heard truth: that kids with LGBT parents don't reach adulthood any more wounded or messed up than other kids from straight homes. In fact, many such children grow up more open-minded and tolerant than their peers, though they often have to face a great deal more antagonism and prejudice than is fair.
Weaving into the book her own fears and experiences, Garner is able to clearly delineate many of the problems that members of a non-traditional family encounter. For instance, once when her biological father was out of town, Garner's other dad, Russ, fell ill and was rushed to the ER.Read more ›
Also, while the book was published in 2004, the author spent 8 years researching it, and most of the folks interviewed were in their 20s or 30s. So most of the experiences these grown children talk about it -- issues at school, with friends, with parents dying of AIDS, and society in general -- would have happened from the 1970s to the mid-1990s. Where I am, in Massachusetts in 2008, the landscape looks pretty different. Kids may still make nasty cracks at school, but the teachers are very unlikely to. Kids don't assume that if your mom is a lesbian, you might give them AIDS. When I introduce my partner at church, people don't think we're in business together. And while the whole chapter on parents dying of AIDS is probably invaluable to the grown children who had to deal with that, I don't know any gay or lesbian families with young children who struggle with that now.
It was mildly interesting from a general historical/sociological point-of-view.Read more ›
For a comprehensive look at the GLBT family, this is a superb resource!!!
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Many levels within this excellent book.
Kudos to Abigail Garner for this ground-breaking book and its companion website. Read more
I had to read a novel for my multicultural issues in education class and this was one of the recommendations in the syllabus. I am an ally and loved the book! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Natasha
this was a gift for a family going through a custody battle and they said they enjoyed the book they recommend the bookPublished on April 10, 2014 by VSG
While this book is not primarily about my and my daughters situation it was helpful none the less. I came out as a transgender woman in 2002. My youngest was twelve at the time. Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by Gillian Lee Miller
Wonderfully written...from the heart. Abigail has been to my Woodbury MN home to talk to a group about her experiences with gay dads. She is a powerful spokesperson for equality.Published on May 28, 2011 by JSH
I think this book is as important for LBGT parents to read as it is for the children of LGBT parents. Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Jemdad
As a gay male looking into parenting, it was great to read about the children of gay and lesbian parents.Published on January 19, 2010 by James Tilley
Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is
All parents hope that they're doing a good job of raising their children, but the truth is that they won't know... Read more
I'm 23 and have been raised by lesbian mothers since birth. Reading this book has caused me to become more aware of the ways in which my upbringing has affected all facets of my... Read morePublished on March 13, 2009 by Cody B