Cover image for Love makes a family : portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their families
Love makes a family : portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their families
Kaeser, Gigi.
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Publication Information:
Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xviii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm

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HQ76.13 .K34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This volume combines interviews and photographs to document the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 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 diverse 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.

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Booklist Review

The newest picture book about human relationships (Kelsh and Quindlen's Siblings [BKL N 1 98] is a recent shining example of the type) focuses on families in which the parents are lesbians, gay men, or transgendered persons, and the children are either offspring of one of the parents or adopted or foster children of one or both parents. Adding further diversity are biracial couples; parents and children of different races; children with impairments; and families that include nonresident members (e.g., a parent's grandfather in one case, the other biological parent in others). In the manner of this kind of book, photoportraits accompany statements by those portrayed (except for tiny tots). The thrust of the whole project is that these good families differ from those of analogous heterosexual parents only in that they do or may suffer from antigay social attitudes and antigay public policies. The book complements a four-year-old traveling exhibition that comes in two versions: one for elementary-school students, the other for teenagers and adults. --Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

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.√ĄDebra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Minnie Bruce PrattPeggy GillespieKath WestonApril Martin
Foreword: Family Albump. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Capturing More Than the Moment: Lesbian/Gay Families in the Makingp. 3
Family Portraits
Allen/Jursp. 12
Allison/Laymanp. 16
Arnaboldip. 22
Bellavance-Gracep. 26
Benjamin/Zellersp. 34
Borkowski/Halvorsenp. 40
Burning Cloud/Sisonp. 44
Cofrin/Shaw/Merriganp. 50
Cook-Danielsp. 58
Cooperp. 64
Draytonp. 70
Dyton/Groganp. 76
Elsasser/Robinsonp. 82
Ferreira/Crowell/Donovanp. 90
Gabel/Brettp. 96
Gallucciop. 102
Gonzalez/Carlop. 114
Goodrich/Cornwall/Oppermanp. 120
Hellerp. 124
Hickman/Stevensonp. 130
Hill/Hoffmanp. 136
Jang/Ottop. 140
Johnston/Finneganp. 144
Kelley/Jonesp. 150
Klingp. 158
Kulesa/Castonguayp. 164
Lavandierp. 168
Maimes/LaCroixp. 174
Mixonp. 178
Nugent/Kuzmanicp. 182
Phillips/Hathawayp. 188
Politop. 194
Riga/Strazzerop. 198
Robinsonp. 202
Serkin-Poolep. 206
Stokes/DuPreep. 210
Styles/MacKenziep. 216
Thomasp. 220
Voscottp. 224
Wainwright/Kellyp. 230
Watson/Hutchinsp. 234
Winchester/Gaffordp. 240
Zashin/Jacobsonp. 246
Afterwordp. 251
Resource Guidep. 253