Sometimes I fantasize about having a magic wand. How awesome it would be to wave it and completely eliminate prejudice, hate, and ignorance. Just imagine what it would be like to live in a world like that.
How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages gives voice to the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of children, adolescents, and young adults who have a gay or lesbian parent. In their own words, they talk openly and candidly about how and when they learned of their parent’s sexual orientation and the effect it had on themand their families. Their stories echo themes of prejudice and harassment, conflict and confusion, adaptation and adjustment, and hope for tolerance and a family that can exist in harmony.
"Because it’s an issue for other people, it becomes an issue for me. I’m angry about the way it works against me."
The stories told in How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent not only reflect the day-to-day struggle of children with a GLBT parent, they also reveal the pain inherent in high-conflict divorce and child custody cases. Children of gay/lesbian parents ranging in age from seven to 31 recall the confusion and grief created when the disclosure of their parent’s true sexual orientation ended a marriage and divided a family. The "straight" parent’s resentment can lead to angry remarks thatintentionally or unintentionallydisparage the gay/lesbian parent and threaten the natural love and affection the child feels for both.
"I guess the hardest part about having a gay dad is that no matter how okay you are with it, there’s always going to be someone who will dislike you because of it."
The one-on-one interviews presented in How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent document first-hand the effects of homophobia on family life. Children struggle with the choice between living in a closet, shamed by peers and family members, or dealing with discrimination as a parent’s sexual orientation is used against them. Taken together, these stories make a statement for acceptance, understanding, and tolerance as children do their best to make the transition from a traditional family to a nontraditional lifestyle.
"My mom is a normal person just like everyone else. The only thing that’s different about her is that she’s gay and if you can’t deal with it, you’re just going to have to live with it."
How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages offers comfort and support to children from those who share their journey. The book is a valuable aid for practitioners working with children of GLBT parents and an educational tool for GLBT adults considering children.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 17 Years|
Table of ContentsForeword
1. Chris, Age Seventeen
2. Stephanie, Age Seven
3. Meredith, Age Twenty
4. Trisha, Age Twelve
5. Sister and Brother: Taylor, Age Eight; and Justin, Age Ten
6. Ruth, Age Twenty
7. Angel, Age Seven
8. Sarah, Age Thirteen
9. Jarod, Age Twenty-Six
10. Three Sisters: Miranda, Age Seven; Lilly, Age Nine; and Avery, Age Eleven
11. Erin, Age Fourteen
12. Stacey, Age Eighteen
13. Tara, Age Thirteen
14. Kelly, Age Twenty
15. Ally, Age Ten
16. Nicole, Age Thirty-One
17. Alanna, Age Eight
18. Lydia, Age Twenty-Five
19. Andrew, Age Thirteen
20. Chloe, Age Ten
21. Clara, Age Twenty
22. Ricky, Age Fourteen
23. Brother and Sister: Nathan, Age Sixteen; Rachel, Age Eighteen
24. Renee, Age Twenty-Eight
25. Brian, Age Eighteen
26. Barbara, Age Fifteen
27. Jaime, Age Eighteen
28. Alicia, Age Sixteen
Reference Notes Included
What People are Saying About This
INVALUABLE for anyone wanting to know what happens to children of parents
who come out as gay, lesbian, or bisexual—and the complex context in which
their dealing with this challenge takes place. THE VALUE OF THIS BOOK IS
ITS SPOTLIGHT ON THE CHILDREN, often forgotten in the crisis of a married
or divorced parent's coming out.
PhD, Executive Director, Straight Spouse Network
TIMELY, NECESSARY. . . . A USEFUL SOURCE OF INSIGHT for parents, children,
judges, lawyers, and child custody evaluators. . . . By telling the stories
of dozens of children of different ages, Judith Snow has presented a
tableau of simple tales that can help different professionals understand
the lives and needs of children who have GLBT parents.
JD, Attorney and Mediator, Office of Dispute Resolution, Colorado