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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560234202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560234203
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #570,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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This book is light in content, but very insightful. It's directed more at kids, but I read it as a gay parent. It gave me some important insights that I would not have otherwise considered.
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HASH(0xa627de70) out of 5 stars Good for older kids Jan. 3 2007
By J. Frost - Published on
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I bought this book thinking it would be good for my daughter and my partner's daughter. It has some good writing, but definitely get this for an older teen. The stories weren't really coming from kids my daughter's age (10), so they were harder to relate to for her. Perhaps in a couple years she'll pick it up and give it another try.

I love the premise of this book...and I'd like to see something just like it but written from younger kids' perspectives.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a1da80) out of 5 stars It's about time! Aug. 3 2006
By Anglo Dad - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I found that it's something so new over the past few years, as far as something that people talk about. We've come so far relative to diversity, acceptance, and sharing our personal stories, that a book like this is a breath of fresh air. I'm happy that it talks about things from a child's perspective, and doesn't try to be too clinical or matter-of-fact. My children loved the book (they're teens....and I'm a gay dad) and it put all of the challenges, blessings, and difficulties into perspective for them. We're all walking a different path, and it's great to see what others (and their children have gone through.
HASH(0xa3f83168) out of 5 stars Dated in some aspects, but still interesting June 12 2016
By Bogi Takács - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this short book for the #ReadProud challenge Week 2: Middle Grade GLBT books.

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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ea1684) out of 5 stars Good Resource Jan. 18 2012
By ReadingGrrl - Published on
Format: Paperback
The kids interviewed for this book range in age from seven to thirty-one. It is interesting to see the differences and the similarities in all of their situations. It seems that most of them were okay with their parents being gay it but when they were in elementary school or middle school they were scared their friends would make fun of them. Once the teens hit high school they didn't care as much but many were selective about who they told. The other interesting thing I found was that most of the kids were more concerned about their parents being happy and wishing that their parents were still together despite them liking the other people in their parents lives. Almost all of the kids expressed that they were either happy to know other kids with gay parents or that they wished they did know other kids with gay parents. Sharing that bond was important for them.

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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This wa a gift for a family going through custody battle and they said it helped them with seeing opinions from other people and reading it.