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

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

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

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

Synopsis

With an estimated six to fourteen million children living with a gay or lesbian parent, there is a real need for accurate information for and about the realities of these families. With honesty and compassion, Lesbian and Gay Families Speak Out explores the variety of issues they face: from interpersonal relationships and sexual and psychological development, to coming out, dealing with prejudice, and finding a spiritual foundation. Using the compelling stories of over two dozen families in which gay fathers and lesbian mothers are raising children in a wide variety or settings and styles, Drucker proves that children thrive in an environment of love, regardless of the number, gender, or sexual orientation of the adults who provide that love.

Excerpt

Lesbian and Gay Families Speak Out, authored by Dr. Jane Drucker, is an important book that has much to teach us about families, values, and relationships. Regretfully, one of the major obstacles to a compassionate understanding of the varieties of sexual orientation and the raising of children is "religion" and "the Bible." Men and women of faith are frequently misled by those who turn a living, revealed word into a stone cast down from above. Yet, to leave a text bare, uninterpreted by history and/or conscience forms a letter into an idolatrous icon.

No text is impervious to moral criticism, and a mature faith encourages such criticism as the highest form of faith. We have much to learn from our interactive tradition. Where there is conscience against the Law, the Law must bend. The bending of that Law is not blasphemy but a refinement of the Law and a tribute to God's morality. On many occasions, the rabbis have abrogated Biblical laws, because they ran counter to moral sensibility.

Many years ago, the issue of homosexuality was for me a matter of theoretical interest. Intellectually I knew there were homosexuals, but personally I knew none. Whoever they were, they were well closeted, out of sight, out of mind. But in the intervening years, blood and flesh persons have come into my study, visible and audible with faces, eyes, lips. They have come to see me. Out of desperation, they have left their cloistered lives to reveal themselves.

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