How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent
by Judith E. Snow
Genre: Parenting; Young Adult Nonfiction
Copyright Year: 2004
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Electronic Format Available
No. of Pages: 132
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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 parents sexual orientation and the effect it had on them? and 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 its an issue for other people, it becomes an issue for me. Im 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 parents true sexual orientation ended a marriage and divided a family. The ? straight? parents resentment can lead to angry remarks that? intentionally or unintentionally? disparage 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, theres 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 parents 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 thats different about her is that shes gay and if you cant deal with it, youre 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.
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