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Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is #2020

Families Like Mine Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is 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 p

  • Title: Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is
  • Author: Abigail Garner
  • ISBN: 9780060527587
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is By Abigail Garner, 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 than fifAbigail 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 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.

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    1. This book was a wonderful look at an important topic, what it really means to have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents It covers diverse topics such as being a second generation queer, interacting with schools and teachers, and living with being a punching bag for the religious right However it also challenges dominant scripts in the queer community that say everything is always fine and love is always enough some of these kids have faced some pretty fucked up bigiotry and they share [...]

    2. Abigail Garner takes everyone to task in a loving, fierce way She lays down the law about how other people s homophobia, not being raised by LGBT parents, is the real issue for kids in LGBT families She myth busts about the sexual orientation of kids in LGBT families while in the same breath pointing out that it s really problematic for LGBT parents to breathe a sigh of relief that their kids will be straight She also firmly instructs LGBT parents themselves on how to appropriately navigate all [...]

    3. I was hoping this book would be a collection of essays about the experiences of kids who grew up with gay parents That s not the case The target audience of this book seems to be for people who haven t made up their minds about gay people being parents, not the actual gay parents themselves I m not saying it s a bad book, but it s not what I am looking for.

    4. I bought this book a couple of years ago because I was interested to see what kids who grew up in queer homes thought about it in preparation for my own queer family It was really intriguing I am glad I got a glimpse into what things my kids could face and how to help them.

    5. a parent s preference about a child s sexuality does not influence a child s sexual orientation it influences only how a child feels about coming outrents hardly have time to ponder the future of their child s identity politics the focus of parenting is on the present diapers, carpools, and curfews yet if these issues are not thoughtfully examined now in 10 15 years their children will experience cultural shock Firestone advocates creating a family counsil before the 1st child is even born This [...]

    6. A crash course for those of use unfamiliar with this increasing population children of gay parents Garner brings up a myriad of issues that these kids must deal with Including but not limited, the following interesting points the scrutiny these children live under the pressure for them to be normal, ie straight LGBT families are not allowed to be dysfunctional without bringing the parent s sexuality into question children whose parents come out to them, their family, and possibly a spouse decidi [...]

    7. This book changed my life Before I found this book in university , the only place I had read voices of kids like me was in psychological research and news articles debating the my family s right to exist While most individuals interviewed in this book were older than me and experienced most of their youth in the 80s and 90s my schooling was in the early 2000s , I found Garner s book resonated deeply with me, and dealt with experiences and questions I had struggled with throughout my childhood Ga [...]

    8. Abigail interviewed about 70 queerspawn adults for this book She pulled together the threads of common experiences, issues, and concerns and produced a chapter for each major issue that queerspawn face This book goes in depth into subjects that usually get ignored in books about instead of by queerspawn, such as being culturally queer while erotically straight, being a closeted 2nd generation queer, and the experience of being a representative for queer families from very young ages.Highly recom [...]

    9. A great exploration about the issues children of gay parents face throughout their lives For someone who grew up in a straight and narrow household, it gave me a lot to think about and may, in fact, help me understand people when dealing with the larger society if I become a counselor Very well done research This is not really a self exploration or memoir, but a good solid study comprised from years of talking to kids raised by gay or transgendered parents I really liked it.

    10. Highly recommend reading Abigail s well documented and articulated observations from countless varieties of couples who have children that are effected and or will have an effect on others Being a member of a labeled group of people hasn t denied any group mistreatment, assumed society references, or unnecessary harm This book opens minds to how many perceptions there are and how many will continue or worsen unless we become aware.

    11. The author, whose father is gay, is a nationally known speaker on the topic of children growing up with LGBT parents I learned a ton about the unique challenges faced by this population The author interviewed over 50 adult children of LGBT parents, and their quotes, ideas, and experiences are scattered throughout the book It s very honest and thought provoking.

    12. Part of this book doesn t age really well with all the advances that happened in the last decade, but some of it is still relevant I was expecting a lot testimonies and less theory All in all, this book needs to be revised and published again as it provides useful insight and makes you question a lot.

    13. love this book provides a collection of stories of children being raised by gayby boomers does not attempt to analyze each experience, but provides narrative accounts with some socio political context excellent read for parents, parents to be, and anyone interested in supporting the healthy development of ALL children and families.

    14. Offers excellent insight speaking as an author doing research for a character in such a situation about this kind of family Namely what kinds of things a child in this situation would be dealing with.

    15. Important book really helped me understand not only the children of gay parents but that of others I highly recommend this book.V

    16. I m going to keep this as a reference book It presents a perspective that most people rarely think about, and after having family in such a situation, I found it fascinating.

    17. it was great to read stories and to have the chance to say hey me too I spent a day and just read the whole thing.

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