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

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To Be or Not to Be?

Sexual Orientation Is Not a Choice

"The journey to the Temple of the Sun requires more than a boat ... It is a journey on many levels," she said calmly.

Moyra Caldecott,
Guardians of the Tall
Stones

I was no more than 7 years old. As I sat in yet another doctor's waiting room, eager for my parents and my younger brother to emerge from the door that led to "the office," I entertained myself by reading a popular children's magazine. You know the one I mean. 1 It has stories and jokes and pages where you have to

... sexual orientation is only one aspect of any well-developed personality ...

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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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