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

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7
Conclusion

"Up!," they cry "the day is come

On the smiling valleys;

We have beat the morning drum;

Playmate, join your allies!"

Robert Louis Stevenson,
"Night and Day," in A
Child's Garden of Verses

Gay- and lesbian-headed families are establishing themselves from a basis of love ...

From a distance, I
heard a deep, soulful moan that seemed nearly human,
though clearly it was not. My entire body vibrated as the
basso tones came in waves across the distance. I smelled salt
and pitch in the air and felt the crowd's excitement as we
neared the docks of New York Harbor. The ship's horn let out
another blast, and I knew from its volume that we were al
most at our destination. Soon my parents and I turned a cor
ner, and I saw the huge black hull of the Queen Elizabeth II as
she slowly and majestically maneuvered into her slip. She had
just crossed an ocean carrying hundreds of stories that accom
panied her many passengers who by now were hanging over

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