Lesbian and Gay Families Speak Out: Understanding the Joys and Challenges of Diverse Family Life

By Jane Drucker | Go to book overview

Meet the Families of Value

FAMILY 1

Jeremy is the 27-year-old single gay father of an adopted son, Micah, who is two and a half. Jeremy is white and Jewish. Micah is African American. They live in a single-family suburban home with Jeremy's mother.


FAMILY 2

Alan and his wife, Margaret, live together with their 15‐ year-old daughter, Brett, and their 7-1/2-year-old-son, Joey. Two years ago, at age forty-four, Alan realized he was gay and came out to his family.


FAMILY 3

Rob is the gay 53-year-old biological father of three children. His daughters are ages nine and and twenty-two, and his son is nineteen. He is currently divorced from their mother, but is sharing parenting with her. Rob is becoming more active in the gay and lesbian community.

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  • Advance Praise for Lesbian and Gay Families Speak out *
  • Title Page *
  • Contents 7
  • Foreword 9
  • Preface 13
  • Acknowledgments 17
  • Introduction 19
  • Meet the Families of Value 27
  • 1 - What Is a Family? 33
  • 2 - It's All "Relatives" 67
  • 3 - Parents and Children 107
  • 4 - Out and about in the Community 153
  • 5 - To Be or Not to Be? 191
  • 6 - God and Goddess 217
  • 7 - Conclusion 237
  • Notes 247
  • Appendix A - ▴▾▴ Groups, Services, and Information in the United States and Abroad 257
  • Appendix B - ▴▾▴ Media Resources 269
  • Bibliography 271
  • Index 279
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