Conversaciones: Relatos Por Padres y Madres de Hijas Lesbianas y Hijos Gay

Conversaciones: Relatos Por Padres y Madres de Hijas Lesbianas y Hijos Gay

by Mariana Romo-Carmona
     
 

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2002 Lambda Literary Award Winner

Twenty-three Latino parents speak about their relationships with their lesbian and gay children, with frankness, humor, and love.

A Puerto Rican mother praises and supports her son, a respected police officer. An Argentinian mother attends Gay Pride with two lesbian daughters. An Honduran mother joins her twin daughters at gay

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2002 Lambda Literary Award Winner

Twenty-three Latino parents speak about their relationships with their lesbian and gay children, with frankness, humor, and love.

A Puerto Rican mother praises and supports her son, a respected police officer. An Argentinian mother attends Gay Pride with two lesbian daughters. An Honduran mother joins her twin daughters at gay youth events; one is a lesbian and the other is bisexual. The mother of a Mexican activist remembers her family's love for her son, who passed away after living with AIDS for ten years... Conversaciones is an extremely important book for all Latin American and Spanish-speaking communities. With stories by twelve sons and daughters and an afterword by Jaime Manrique.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A Chilean feminist, activist, and lesbian mother, Romo-Carmona has produced a groundbreaking collection of interviews to dispel the silence about homosexuality in Latino communities. With eloquence and honesty, 25 Latino parents living predominantly in the United States tell about their experiences raising gay and lesbian children in a culture where homophobia exists alongside migration, racism, and poverty. In many of the interviews, parents reveal, at times with a shocking directness, their pain about having a gay or lesbian child. Yet the book also presents more liberal and accepting opinions about homosexuality. A Honduran mother is more concerned with her daughter's depression than her sexuality, and a Puerto Rican lesbian mourns her gay son, who died of AIDS, leaving her with his informally chosen family. In several cases, daughters and sons respond to their parents, creating an insightful dialog for readers. With contributors from a number of countries, including Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, and an afterword by the acclaimed gay Colombian American writer Jaime Manrique, this book is pivotal in addressing the isolation felt by Spanish-speaking parents who must deal with homosexuality while living in a discriminatory community. It is equally critical for gay and lesbian Latinos both young and adult who can learn from their parents' experiences. Recommended for gay/ lesbian library collections and general bookstores. Daisy Hern ndez, Women in Literature and Letters (WILL), New York City w Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573441261
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


MARIANA ROMO-CARMONA is author of Living at Night and Speaking Like an Immigrant, and she is the co-editor of the groundbreaking collection Cuentos: Stories by Latinas. Her writing has also appeared in The World in Us: Lesbian & Gay Poetry of the New Wave, A Woman Like That, and Companeras: Latina Lesbians. Romo-Carmona is on faculty of the MFA Program writing program at Goddard College. She lives in New York City.

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