How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages Paperback – Jul 16 2004
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up–Thirty-two individuals between the ages of 7 and 31 provide enlightening perspectives on the confusion and prejudices surrounding this issue. Snow emphasizes that problems arise due to divorce, homophobia, and discrimination from peers and politics, not because being gay or lesbian results in bad parenting skills. The voices range from naive to experienced and philosophical, depending on the narrator's age. A black-and-white spot illustration decorates the opening page of each chapter. This inspirational, eye-opening title gives readers who have gay and lesbian parents a much-deserved voice.–Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library
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Gr. 5-8. Thirty-two individuals, ranging in age from 7 to 31, reflect on the experience of having a homosexual parent. Of course, some are more articulate than others, but all candidly express their feelings, which typically range from initial bafflement through hurt to acceptance. In many cases, divorce and its impact seem to be larger issues than a parent's sexual orientation, though the painful consequences of bigotry and homophobia are also factors. As one 16-year-old girl wisely notes, "People don't even seem to try to understand; they just get scared and confused and act out of hate because something is different." Though primarily targeted at children of gay and lesbian parents, this book has information, insight, and understanding to offer to readers of different circumstances^B and ages. Michael Cart
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I love the premise of this book...and I'd like to see something just like it but written from younger kids' perspectives.
This is such an #ownvoices book it literally has "own voices" on the cover. (Click to enlarge!) I really liked this aspect of the book - it has interviews with younger children and essays by older children, some of them adults themselves. This adds diversity - there is also ethnic and racial diversity - but it also makes the book harder to categorize. I found it on the middle grade shelves in my local public library, but some of the chapters might be too complicated for younger kids to read. Some parts are also clearly geared at parents.
(Note that the interviewer herself also belongs to the group being interviewed, which is almost always a plus.)
It is a very old collection, the legal landscape has really changed since then - queer people can marry, sexual orientation is not in itself grounds for visitation rights, custody etc. to be taken away in a post-divorce legal dispute, and so on. But I still found it an interesting and informative read, with some laugh-out-loud moments.
I really liked hearing the stories from the kids point of view and seeing how they were similar or different depending on their ages. This book was originally printed in 2004, I would love to see a follow up book with a whole new crop of teens and pre-teens since there have been so many significant changes in the world since it was first published. Not to mention I think there are many more visible LGBT families out there now.
I think this book could be very valuable to kids whose parents are just coming out or are having a hard time adjusting to their parents being gay. Knowing that there are other kids in their shoes and knowing that they might feel similar makes you feel not as alone.
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