LGBT Parenting

Creating Families
Helping the Stork: The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination: Childless couples and single women are in greater need than ever of an informative, complete, and supportive book on the subject of donor insemination. This book provides the information they need when considering this option.

Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption: Extraordinary Yet Ordinary

The Lesbian Parenting Book: A Guide to Creating Families and Raising Children

The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians : Tips and Techniques from Conception to Birth : How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself: The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians offers a holistic, lesbian-specific approach to pregnancy — from an explanation of fertility cycles and how to select a sperm donor to a straightforward account of the stages of pregnancy and the body’s responses. The book includes advice on the care of a newborn baby and tips for selecting a lesbian-friendly pediatrician.

Raising Children
All the Ways Home: Parenting and Children in the Lesbian and Gay Communities: A Collection of Short Fiction

The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook

Lesbians Raising Sons : An Anthology: Traditional philosophy maintains that women alone raising sons cannot make them into “true men”–that households without men have no true “role model” for sons. Working from this presumption, this book addresses the many challenges faced by lesbians raising sons.

Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love: Explores five lesbian stepfamilies’ definitions of the stepparent role and how they accomplish parenting tasks, cope with homophobia, and define and interpret their experiences. An intensive feminist qualitative study, the book offers guidelines for counselors and lesbian stepfamilies for creating healthy, functioning family structures and environments.

The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood: Journalist Jesse Green’s delightful memoir makes it quite clear that the pleasures and perils of parenting are always the same–even for a gay 37-year-old man who stumbles into it by falling in love with a person who has an adopted son.

LGBT Families in Society
Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment, and Love: Seventeen young people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds briefly describe their lives, which encompass diverse situations. Divorce, foster care, gay and lesbian parents, communal living, step relationships, and adoption are a few of the living situations explored. The author states, our family is the people who take care of you, who care about you.

Families of Value: Gay and Lesbian Parents and Their Children Speak Out

Gay Parents/Straight Schools: Building Communication and Trust

Gay and Lesbian Parents: This insightful new work deals with all of the contemporary issues concerning parenting by gay men and lesbians. It is designed to broaden readers’ thinking on homosexuality and homosexuals in general; to include the dimension of children and parenting within the context of the homosexual family; and to provide specific information about it.

Growing Up in a Lesbian Family: Effects on Child Development: Presenting a unique longitudinal study of 25 children raised in lesbian mother families, and a comparison group raised by single heterosexual mothers, the book lays out the developmental effects of growing up in a same-sex household – and confronts a range of myths and stereotypes along the way.

In a Family Way: Straight out of today’s headlines, In a Family Way takes a dramatic look at the kinds of moral and legal issues that face lesbian and gay families, and is one of those illuminating ‘social issues’ novels that are an honored tradition in American literature.

Lesbian Family Relationships in American Society

Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families: The newest picture book about human relationships focuses on families in which the parents are lesbians, gay men, or transgendered persons, and the children are either offspring of one of the parents or adopted or foster children of one or both parents.

Queer Family Values: Debunking the Myth of the Nuclear Family

School’s Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues on America’s Schools: America’s schools are filled with gay and lesbian students, teachers, coaches, counselors and principals. By telling the true stories of dozens of gay and lesbian educators and students, and their straight allies, School’s Out opens an important window on the people, places, and programs that make the 1990s such a crucial decade.

Zach’s Story: Growing Up With Same-Sex Parents: Eleven-year-old Zack talks about his life with his lesbian mother and his “second mother” in an attractively appointed photo-essay that is part of the Meeting the Challenge series. Pictures catch Zack at home, at school, at the Gay Pride Parade in New York City, and with his dad and his dad’s other family.

LGBTQ Foster and Adoption Laws by State