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Lesbian and gay families speak out : understanding the joys and challenges of diverse family life
Drucker, Jane.
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Publication Information:
Reading, Mass. ; Oxford : Perseus, [1998]

Physical Description:
283 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: as Families of value. 1998.
Reading Level:
1130 Lexile.
Added Title:
Families of value.
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HQ75.27 .D78 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"An important book whose time has come!"-Adele Starr, First President of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) National, and Larry Starr, Co-Founder of PFLAG, Los Angeles, CaliforniaWith an estimated six to fourteen million children living with a gay or lesbian parent, there is a real need for accurate information for and about the realities of these families. With honesty and compassion, Lesbian and Gay Families Speak Out explores the variety of issues they face: from interpersonal relationships and sexual and psychological development, to coming out, dealing with prejudice, and finding a spiritual foundation. Using the compelling stories of over two dozen families in which gay fathers and lesbian mothers are raising children in a wide variety or settings and styles, Drucker proves that children thrive in an environment of love, regardless of the number, gender, or sexual orientation of the adults who provide that love.

Author Notes

Jane Levy Drucker, Ph.D., is a Life Strategist, Career Coach, and lecturer in private practice. She holds two Master's Degrees in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Summit University of Louisiana. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 13
Acknowledgmentsp. 17
Introductionp. 19
Meet the Families of Valuep. 27
1 What Is a Family? Defining Ourselvesp. 33
2 It's All "Relatives": Creating Family Tiesp. 67
3 Parents and Children Together: A Unique Bondp. 107
4 Out and About in the Community: When and How Do We Reveal Ourselves?p. 153
5 To Be or Not To Be? Sexual Orientation Is Not a Choicep. 191
6 God and Goddess: Religion and Spirituality in Gay and Lesbian Familiesp. 217
7 Conclusionp. 237
Notesp. 247
Appendix A. Groups, Services, and Information in the United States and Abroadp. 257
Appendix B. Media Resourcesp. 269
Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 279