Category Archives: Books for Moms

A Baker’s Dozen of Books About Adoption by LGBTQ Parents

In Our Mothers' House

It’s National Adoption Day, so I’m celebrating by sharing a baker’s dozen of books about LGBTQ parents and adoption–children’s books, memoirs, and social science studies.

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Keeping the Queer in Queer Families

Paige Schilt and Family

The tension between assimilation and queerness has long hovered over the LGBTQ community. As English writer Jonathan Kemp said a few years ago, “The assimilationists want gay marriage, inclusion in the military, the right to adopt children…. Queers, on the other hand … [regard] the most vibrant and radical aspect of homosexuality as being precisely its opposition to normative sexuality and society.” Two new memoirs, however, show that these concepts do not always have to oppose each other.

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Sleater-Kinney Star Writes of Dad’s Coming Out

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Carrie Brownstein is best known as part of the band Sleater-Kinney and for developing and starring in the award-winning comedy series Portlandia. She wrote recently at the New Yorker about her dad’s coming out.

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Lesléa Newman’s Journey Through her Mother’s Cancer

I Carry My Mother

Sometimes, a book comes along at just the right time. My mother was diagnosed with lung, bone, and brain cancer on December 23, just days after I received a copy of Lesléa Newman’s new book of poetry about her own journey through her mother’s illness and death from cancer.

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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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