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Mommy Man: It Takes a Village to Create a Child

Jerry Mahoney’s “Mommy Man: How I Went from Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad,” is a wonderful addition to the growing genre of LGBT parenting memoirs, not only because of its sharp writing and smart humor, but because it shows us an aspect of LGBT parenting we haven’t seen in a book-length memoir before—two men pursuing parenthood through gestational surrogacy.

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Radical Relations: A History of Lesbian and Gay Parents

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The history of out lesbian and gay parents started decades before the term “gayby boom” was coined in 1990. A new book charts that history—so of course I had to review it.

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Two New Memoirs Show Transformative Power of Parenthood

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Two new, very different memoirs continue to expand our sense of what an LGBT family looks like. One is the story of a lesbian mom struggling against her son’s anti-gay Catholic school while grappling with her relationship to the Church and to her own mother. The other is about a butch lesbian and her experience being pregnant—the print version of a graphic novel first serialized online.

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1978 Comic Shows Lesbian Trying to Get Pregnant

I’m always fond of showing just how far back the history of LGBT parents goes. Here’s a fun historical find, then: a comic from 1978 (that’s 36 years ago!) telling the story of a lesbian trying to get pregnant.

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Sofia Coppola to Bring Memoir About Gay Dad to Big Screen

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Some good news to start the new year: Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, Alyssia Abbott’s memoir of growing up in 1970s and 80s San Francisco with her single gay dad, is becoming a feature film directed by Sofia Coppola.

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Two New Sources for LGBT-Friendly Baby Books

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Not one, but two new sources are producing LGBT-friendly baby books to record the highlights of your children’s first years. Which one is right for you?

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A Year in LGBT Parenting Books

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This past year saw a number of new books for and about families with LGBT parents. Here are some favorites.

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Two Memoirs of LGBT Parenting, Past and Present

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Two exquisite new memoirs show the breadth of experiences that fall under the umbrella of LGBT parenting. One asks us to reflect on what it means to be a mother or a father; the other shines a light on a gay father and his daughter in the era of Harvey Milk.

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Batwoman Not Becoming a Lesbian Stepmom

Despite my hopes, it seems Batwoman isn’t becoming a lesbian stepmom. The creative team behind the character quit yesterday because of disagreements with their editors, including the editors’ prohibition against Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, ever marrying her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer.

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Batwoman: Lesbian Stepmom?

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Even if you’re not a comic book geek, you may have heard that the latest incarnation of DC Comics’ Batwoman is a lesbian. Based on the most recent issue, she could soon become a lesbian stepmom, too.

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Guest Post: Parenting Is the Great Equalizer

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I’m very pleased to bring you a guest post today by Dawn Dais, author of The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year, which I reviewed earlier this week. Dawn is a lesbian mom, but wrote the book for a general audience, because . . . well, I’ll let her explain.

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Building Bridges, One Dirty Diaper at a Time

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I’ve long said that LGBT parents and non-LGBT parents are more alike than different. There’s no “lesbian” way to change a diaper, for example (unless perhaps you make them yourself out of old flannel shirts). It should come as no surprise then, that a new book about the first year of parenthood, aimed at a mainstream audience, happens to have been written by a lesbian mom.

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A Baker’s Dozen of Memoirs By and About Lesbian Moms

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In honor of mothers today, here are a baker’s dozen of memoirs by and about lesbian moms. They are not just for lesbian or LGBT audiences, however, but shed light on many of the universal challenges and blessings of motherhood.

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Author of Transgender Comics Character Has Good Advice for All

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We could all use some lighter news about now, right? Here’s a great quote from Batgirl comic writer Gail Simone—it’s in reference to her introduction of the first transgender character in mainstream comics, but it applies quite broadly to diversity in all kinds of media. It has particular resonance for me when I think about LGBT-inclusive children’s books.

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Food and Family Shape Tasty New Memoirs

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Not one, but two memoirs by lesbians have come out recently that weave together stories of food, family, and personal growth. Like two dishes at a well-planned meal, each has its own flavor, and they complement each other well. A third new memoir, though not food-related, adds yet another flavor with the tale of a lesbian couple facing the ups and downs of infertility during the height of California’s marriage equality battle.

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“Family Pride” Offers Sweeping Look at LGBT Parents and Their Children

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Family Pride, by Michael Shelton, is a good book with a bit of an identity problem.

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New Book by Lesbian Moms Looks at Racial Justice and LGBT Equality

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In his second inaugural speech, President Obama linked “Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall”—the birthplaces of the women’s, Black, and LGBT equality movements—and reminded us of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words that (as Obama paraphrased) “our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.” A new book about two lesbian moms and their children reminds us that LGBT equality is indeed bound to the need for racial justice.

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LGBT Family Books: A 2012 Roundup

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The year 2012 saw several notable books about LGBT parents and our children, including one for the often-ignored middle-grade readers, a young adult novel about two African American teens with a transgender dad, two memoirs (one by a gay dad, and another by the son of lesbian moms), and a fascinating history of LGBT family rights. They make better gifts than yet another “I Love My Mommies” t-shirt.

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Two New Books Reveal LGBT Lives

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Stories can be told in many ways. Two new works—one poetic, one academic—take strikingly different approaches to telling the stories of LGBT people and families.

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Banned Books Week Reminds Us of the Need for LGBT-Inclusive Children’s Books

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This week marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, bringing issues of LGBT content in children’s books once again to the fore.

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Gay Dads Read from their Children’s Book for Banned Books Week

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It’s Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read! In honor of the event, here’s a video of gay dads Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, authors of And Tango Makes Three, reading from their book, which for several years topped the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books.

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Lesbian and Gay Parenting: Funnier than Fiction

NBC’s The New Normal, a sitcom about two gay dads and their surrogate, premieres in a week. ABC’s sitcom Modern Family, which includes two gay dads, has won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. I therefore thought I’d post a list of some of the funniest true memoirs by lesbian and gay parents. Humor can be a coping, teaching, and entertainment mechanism, and the authors below use it in all three ways.

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Parents of Transgender Children Share Their Stories

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Parents of transgender children “are the best parents ever. They unconditionally love their children, even when they don’t completely understand what their child is going through,” writes mom Tracie Stratton (herself such a parent) in Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle, and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children, edited by Rachel Pepper. That lesson of acceptance and love, conveyed through the 32 essays in the collection, make Transitions of the Heart a valuable read for any parent, regardless of the gender identity of their children.

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So Few LGBT Parenting Memoirs, So Few Cover Designs?

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LGBT parenting memoirs are few and far between. You’d think any publisher’s marketing and design team would take the time to investigate what’s already been done. But I’m afraid I’m going to have to take drastic measures here and declare a moratorium on LGBT parenting memoir covers with blue gradient backgrounds, all-lowercase white titles, and Ken dolls.

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New Parenting Memoir Shows Humor and Heart

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To label Dan Bucatinsky’s Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad a “gay parenting” book is to do it a disservice. Not that there is anything wrong with gay parenting books (far from it)—but Bucatinsky’s work is about parenting, period. To limit the scope of this hysterically funny, often bawdy, and unexpectedly touching book to gay parenting alone is to miss that essential point—even if the book also contains some supremely sharp observations about being both gay and a parent.

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