LGBT parenting memoirs are few and far between. You’d think any publisher’s marketing and design team would be able to take the time and 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.

That’s right. Harlyn Aizley’s Buying Dad (2003) and Dan Bucatinsky’s Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? (2012; about which more here) have a definite outward resemblance.

Both memoirs are well worth a read. Both are, however, from different publishers (Alyson Publications and Simon and Schuster, respectively), and completely unrelated, except insofar as they are both hysterically funny tales about LGBT parents.

I just hope the next LGBT parenting memoir to come out has a different sort of cover. Either that, or every new LGBT parenting memoir should use this theme (perhaps with slight variations on the specific Ken/Barbie dolls) and we could make it our thing.

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