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Families Like Mine
Families Like Mine
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Abigail Garner was five years old when her parents divorced and her dad came out as gay. Like the millions of children growing up in these families today, she often found herself in the middle of the political and moral debates surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parenting.
Drawing on a decade of community organizing, and interviews with more than fifty grown sons and daughters of LGBT parents, Garner addresses such topics as coming out to children, facing homophobia at school, co-parenting with ex-partners, the impact of AIDS, and the children’s own sexuality.
Both practical and deeply personal, Families Like Mine provides an invaluable insider’s perspective for LGBT parents, their families, and their allies.
“Families Like Mine [is] a sort of Feminine Mystique about the children of gay parents, articulating their pride and their struggles with homophobia but also the grievances they have with their families.” “An instant classic.” “Garner offers insight into the gifts and challenges of being raised in families that are often labeled ‘controversial.’“ “A profound book that captures many aspects of gay parenting that I have experienced personally. I strongly recommend Families Like Mine to any gay person with children and those who are considering parenthood.” “For those who champion ‘family values,’ here is an amazing woman who not only values her own gay family, but also emphasizes the value of all LGBT families. Abigail Garner convincingly establishes these families as vital, vibrant parts of our society. ” “In this warm, insightful book, Abigail Garner addresses the most challenging issues that arise among gay parents and their families.” “Families Like Mine does for LGBT families what And the Band Played On did for AIDS.” “Children of gay parents shoot from the hip in Abigail Garner’s indispensable Families Like Mine.” “Compellingly written, this should quickly become a mainstay resource.” “Perhaps the highest praise a book such as this can receive is to be called honest. And it is. The courageous author…paint[s] a realistic portrait of the triumphs and difficulties these kinships experience.” “Smart and impassioned… this is the new essential reading for LGBT families.” “Garner moves the LGBT parenting dialogue into new territory…. Compassionate and insight[ful], a valuable resource for parents.” “Garner is savvy and thorough…Families Like Mine has enough heart…to make it a must-read.”
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