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Women in LoveWomen in Love : Portraits of Lesbian Mothers & Their Families by Barbara Seyda and Diana Herrera

A celebration of lesbian families. Large-format photography book which profiles lesbian mothers and their children.  In an earlier form, the project was rejected by Mothering Magazine as lacking "angst and drama," but in a world of intolerance, small pockets of happiness deserve to be brought to light.  This is a book that definitely proves that "love makes a family". 85 photos. description from Amazon.com.

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The Velveteen FatherThe Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood by Jesse Green

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 man who has an adopted son.  As the author searchingly and intelligently considers what it means to gay people to become parents, and the ways in which it does and does not pull them closer into the mainstream, his narrative is often extremely funny.  A very moving examination of identity and the making of a meaningful adult life that resonates profoundly for people of every sexual orientation. description from Amazon.com

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Lesbian and Gay Parenting HandbookThe Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook: Creating and Raising Our Families  by April Martin

...an indispensable resource for lesbians and gay men who are thinking about, or involved in, parenting. Martin, a psychologist and lesbian parent of two children, has compiled advice and information from almost 60 families and has drawn on her own experience. She touches on every aspect of gay and lesbian parenting, and where she doesn't go into depth, she refers readers to further resources.

This book covers a vast array of subjects about creating a family, from decision-making to alternative insemination to surrogacy. It includes details on adoption, gay men making babies, coparenting, and legal issues. Martin discusses family roles, dealing with antihomosexual bias, dealing with family crises, and how to handle issues children may have about growing up with gay or lesbian parents. This book should be an essential component of every gay or lesbian parent's--or parent-to-be's--library. description from Amazon.com

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Love Makes a Family : Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families by Gigi Kaeser (Photographer), Peggy Gillespie (Editor), Kath Weston (Introduction), April Martin

This picture book about human relationships focuses on families in which the parents are lesbians, gay men, or transgendered persons. Together, the images and text challenge heterosexual assumptions and stereotypes. With more than 40 family portraits and personal interviews, the book captures the essence and experiences of LGBT families of all kinds. description from Amazon.com

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The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians : Tips and Techniques from Conception to Birth : How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself by Rachel Pepper

This lively and readable book provides basic pregnancy and preconception advice for lesbians and their partners. Concentrating on topics of special interest to lesbian families--such as choosing an anonymous donor, drafting agreements with known donors, and defining the nonbiological mother's parenting role--it also suggests how and when to inseminate and walks the reader through a normal full-term pregnancy and delivery. Good as a first book to buy when considering pregnancy, or as an addition to other, more detailed guides. description from Amazon.com.

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The Kid : What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant : An Adoption Story by Dan Savage

Crammed with chokingly funny passages on everything from impressing a stone-faced birth mother to using a baby as an excuse to get fat, this account of gay adoption by the syndicated sex columnist is easily one of the most laugh-out-loud hilarious books of the year. But it's because The Kid doesn't remain a mere giggle-fest that it's also one of the best. Intelligent, provocative, and disarmingly honest, this is Savage's touching -- and irreverent -- love letter to his new son. description from Amazon.com.

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Also by Dan Savage: The Commitment : Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family


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