Rainbow Relatives: Real-World Stories and Advice on How to Talk to Kids About LGBTQ+ Families and Friends

Rainbow Relatives: Real-World Stories and Advice on How to Talk to Kids About LGBTQ+ Families and Friends

by Sudi "Rick" Karatas


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Whether you have your own questions because you’re preparing to come out to your kids, or you aren’t sure how to explain to your kids why their uncle has a boyfriend or why their friend has two mommies, this book can help. With an entertaining and educational approach to educating yourself and your peers about the issues and topics surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, Rainbow Relatives will provide answers to your kids’ questions and help you raise them to be open-minded and accepting adults.

First and foremost, this book will help you approach the conversations you need to have and predict what you can expect from them. Author Sudi Karatas tells a variety of stories, such as that of a Mormon woman’s transition from fighting against gay rights to becoming a crusader for them. Also included are the voices of filmmakers, actors, musicians, mental health professionals, and more.

Through Rainbow Relatives, Karatas helps parents support, advocate for, and educate their children, relatives, and family friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510731738
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 749,116
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Sudi "Rick" Karatas, while not a doctor, is an M.D. (Mediterranean Dude). His given name is Sudi but he also goes by Rick because as a Gemini he needed a name for each personality. He has written many screenplays, songs, and sketches. This is his debut book. He loves writing everything (except checks). He co-wrote the feature film Walk a Mile in My Prada's and the screenplay Charlie's Dream, a family inspirational film. Karatas grew up in Syosset, NY and now resides in Van Nuys, CA.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 A Monster Wasn't In Your Closet (But Your Uncle Was) 1

Chapter 2 Daddy Left Mommy for Tommy (When a Parent Comes Out as Gay) 18

Chapter 3 Two Moms, Two Dads, Today's Families 39

Chapter 4 Transgender: "Kids, Your Dad, Well, She Has Something to Tell You" 63

Chapter 5 Kids Say the Darndest Things 80

Chapter 6 School (Jeers to Peers Who Bully Queers) 93

Chapter 7 Religion: Pray the Gay Bashers Away 110

Chapter 8 Thoughts from Therapists and Psychologists 132

Chapter 9 Celebrity Thoughts from Open LGBTQ Stars 145

Chapter 10 Support Group/Resources for LGBTQ Families 159

Chapter 11 Recommended Reading and Viewing 175

Chapter 12 We've Come a Long Way: The Last Mile Is Always the Longest 193

In Closing 206

Resources 208

Acknowledgments 215

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