Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Parents and Their Families

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This volume combines interviews and photographs to document the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their children. It allows all of the family members to speak candidly about their lives, their relationships, and the ways in which they have dealt with the pressures of homophobia. Included in the book are people from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, representing a wide range of family structures. Together, they provide clear evidence that family roles and ...
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Overview

This volume combines interviews and photographs to document the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their children. It allows all of the family members to speak candidly about their lives, their relationships, and the ways in which they have dealt with the pressures of homophobia. Included in the book are people from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, representing a wide range of family structures. Together, they provide clear evidence that family roles and responsibilities need not be based on gender, and that children thrive in an atmosphere in which understanding, respect, and love transcend the prejudices of the day.

Named by Booklist as One of the Ten Outstanding Gay and Lesbian Books of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

Catherine A. Capellaro
This book is a very satisfying read. It is filled with simple black and white portraits, with essays by each family member. The people who populate the book represent every walk of life. The parents talk about the joy of raising children together and the pain of facing homophobia. Teenagers discuss dealing with their parents' sexual orientation at school. This book is bursting with love.
The Progressive
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.--Debra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Profiling families in which parents are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, full-page b&w photos accompany interviews with children and adult family members. They share a variety of both painful and positive feelings and experiences, and their stories can help others come to terms with the idea or the reality of families that don't fit the traditional mold. The handsome production of this oversize volume (10.25x10.25<">) reinforces its clear statement of pride and its assertion of the validity of a broad definition of . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558491618
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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