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

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

by Gigi Kaeser (Photographer), Peggy Gillespie (Editor), Kath Weston (Introduction), Minnie Bruce Pratt (Foreword by)
 

This handsome volume combines interviews and photographs to document the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered 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 a

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This handsome volume combines interviews and photographs to document the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered 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 a diverse array of 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.

University of Massachusetts Press

Editorial Reviews

Pat Griffin

A terrific addition to a growing body of literature on lesbian and gay families. As far as I know it is unique. Other publications review research or discuss issues relevant to lesbian and gay families. This one, through the use of photographs and interviews with family members, makes the issues these families face come alive. The first-person narratives address stereotypes and misconceptions about lesbian and gay families in an engaging and open manner that is completely disarming and touching.

April Martin

A genuinely wonderful book, unique in its area, constituting a significant contribution to culture and education.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558491618
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
9.98(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Pat Griffin
A terrific addition to a growing body of literature on lesbian and gay families. . . .The first-person narratives address stereotypes and misconceptions about lesbian and gay families in an engaging and open manner that is completely disarming and touching.

Meet the Author

Gigi Kaeser and Peggy Gillespie are codirectors of Family Diversity Projects, Inc., in Amherst, Massachusetts. Kaeser's photographs have been featured in many publications, and Gillespie is author with choreographer Bill T. Jones of Last Night on Earth. Kath Weston is author of Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship. Minnie Bruce Pratt is author of S/HE.

University of Massachusetts Press

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