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Families of Value: Families of Value: Personal Profiles of Pioneering Lesbian and Gay Parents

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From the award-winning author of Straight Parents, Gay Children-
engrossing profiles in courage and integrity of the pioneering families who are moving same-sex parenting into the national mainstream

Families of Value offers a poignant defense of families with same-sex parents. Former attorney and award-winning author Robert Bernstein, tells powerful stories of families with gay and lesbian parents who are at the forefront of social change in ...

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Overview

From the award-winning author of Straight Parents, Gay Children-
engrossing profiles in courage and integrity of the pioneering families who are moving same-sex parenting into the national mainstream

Families of Value offers a poignant defense of families with same-sex parents. Former attorney and award-winning author Robert Bernstein, tells powerful stories of families with gay and lesbian parents who are at the forefront of social change in America. By turns hard-hitting and affecting, these stories portray the resistance these brave parents have faced, their views of the current cultural climate and, most importantly, the intense passion and dedication that they have demonstrated in the course of raising sound, healthy, and well-adjusted children.

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Today, there are few social issues more controversial than same-sex parenting. Journalist and former lawyer Bernstein (Straight Parents, Gay Children) gives us a peek into families headed by lesbians and gays. Rosie O'Donnell and partner Mary Cheney provide an example of how high-profile families negotiate their particular situations. For most readers, however, it is the stories of ordinary folks that will be the most engaging: the high school student standing up for himself after being bullied about having lesbian parents and the lesbian couple seeking family benefits and effecting political change. Overall, the book makes a valuable contribution to documenting the realities of contemporary families and how they contribute to the larger question of what makes a family. This informative book will appeal to a wide audience and is recommended to all public libraries.-David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560256380
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Finding ways to make change : Bonnie Tinker and Sara Graham 1
2 Families at sea - and on the Cape : The Family Pride Coalition 29
3 Gay dads who "really, really, really" wanted to be parents : Wayne and Sal; Tim and Scott; Esera and Mitchell 41
4 The mayor and his granddaughters : three generations of "something right" : Katie Potter and Pam Moen 67
5 Cherry-picking the truth : children protect their gay parents 99
6 Giving Saint Teresa a run for her money : Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau 115
7 The triumph of devotion : Susan Silber and Dana Napersteck 151
8 The "gastro-evangelist" and the church of the future : Andrew Warner and Jay Edmundson 173
9 The outlook for same-sex parenting : overcoming the "Cheney syndrome" 203
App A conversation with Professor Judith Stacey
App Answers to questions about marriage equality (a publication of HRC's FamilyNet project)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2005

    A Powerful Argument for Same-Sex Parenting

    Robert Bernstein knows how to make a point: let the subjects speak for themselves! This well prepared, eminently readable book tackles the currently high profile topic of not only same-sex marriages but more poignantly same-sex parenting. In an introduction Bernstein presents a brief history of his topic and a précis that informs us that the families discussed in the book are not randomly chosen: the families here represented are 'leaders in bringing about the social change that is gradually easing the way to their acceptance.' And so we are fairly informed that the contents of this valuable document will be skewed toward the hard work of some prime examples of same-sex parents and their respective children with the hope that reading these varying experiences will foster understanding and appreciation for the valiant work of the subjects chosen.Not that Bernstein is out to preach: quite the contrary, by translating in to eloquent language the trials and tribulations of six families of varying backgrounds and living situations he lets the histories make their own powerful points. The families represented demonstrate the fact that children raised by same-sex parents do not 'adopt' same-sex life styles because of their parents. The children here described reveal the peer punishment and rejection in the schoolyard, and yet in most cases once the children are open about their parents' life style instead of hiding for fear their peers will discover it, the children fit comfortably into the system.Bernstein makes many tender and important observations: same-sex parents (especially gay men) tend to make better parents because they desperately WANT to be parents in a society where they must struggle for the privilege as opposed to many straight families whose children my be 'biologic accidents in timing' and/or viewed as contributing to the financial and stability problems faced by those who marry too young.In addition to providing evidence that children of same-sex parents are sound, healthy and well-adjusted and that same-sex parents (at least those here represented) are passionately devoted and dedicated to the enviable privilege of parenting, Bernstein follows his book with Appendices that are informative, enlightening, and offer answers to frequently asked questions about same-sex unions and other sociologic avenues of interest that provide sound structure to his basic précis. This is an excellent book for the general public, especially at this point of time in our history, and it is also a reassuring work for the many men and women who are currently struggling with the public concept of their plight. Highly recommended reading. Grady Harp

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