Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is (Hardcover)

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What is it really like to grow up with gay parents?

Abigail Garner was five years old when her mother and father divorced and her dad came out as gay. Growing up immersed in gay culture, she now calls herself a "culturally queer" heterosexual woman. As a child, she often found herself in the middle of the political and moral debates surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parenting. At the age of twenty-two, she began to speak publicly about her family and has since become a nationally recognized advocate for the estimated 10 million children growing up with LGBT parents. The creator of FamiliesLikeMine.com, Garner has written a deeply personal and much-needed book about gay parenting, from the seldom-heard perspective of grown children raised in these families.

Based on eight years of activism, combined with interviews with more than fifty sons and daughters, Families Like Mine debunks the anti-gay myth that these children grow up damaged and confused. At the same time, Garner's book refutes the popular pro-gay sentiment that these children turn out "just like everyone else." In addition to the typical stresses of growing up, the unique pressures these children face are not due to their parents' sexuality, but rather to homophobia and prejudice. Using a rich blend of journalism and memoir, Garner offers empathetic yet unapologetic opinions about the gifts and challenges of being raised in families that are often labeled "controversial."

As more LGBT people are pursuing parenthood and as the visibility of gay parenting is rapidly increasing, many of the questions about these families focus on the "best interests" of their children. Eloquent and sophisticated, Families LikeMine addresses these questions, providing an invaluable insider's perspective for LGBT parents, their families, and their allies.

Praise For…

"Garner moves the LGBT parenting dialogue into new territory.... Compassionate and insight[ful], a valuable resource for parents."
-In the Family magazine

"Compellingly written, this should quickly become a mainstay resource."

"Perhaps the highest praise a book such as this can receive is to be called honest. And it is."
-Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Children of gay parents shoot from the hip in Abigail Garner's indispensable Families Like Mine."
-Vanity Fair

"Abigail Garner convincingly establishes LGBT families as vital, vibrant parts of our society. "
-Candace Gingrich, author of Accidental Activist, Manager of HRC's National Coming Out Project

"Garner is savvy and thorough.Families Like Mine has enough heart.to make it a must-read."
-Bitch Magazine

"An instant classic."
-Time Out New York

"A profound book that captures many aspects of gay parenting that I have experienced personally. Strongly recommended."
-Melissa Etheridge

"Families Like Mine does for LGBT families what And the Band Played On did for AIDS."
-Esera Tualo, retired NFL star linebacker

"In this warm, insightful book, Abigail Garner addresses the most challenging issues that arise among gay parents and their families."
-Noelle Howey, author of Dress Codes and editor of Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up With Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Parents

"Smart and impassioned... this is the new essential reading for LGBT families."
-The Advocate

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060527570
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 1st, 2004
Pages: 272