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Books for Youth and Young Adults With LGBTQ Parents

Books for Youth and Young Adults With LGBTQ Parents

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COLAGE is the only national youth-driven network of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer  parents. Living in a world that treats our families differently can be isolating or challenging. By connecting us with peers who share our experiences, COLAGE helps us become strong advocates for ourselves and our families.
1550 BRYANT ST. SUITE 830, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 (415) 861-5437 WWW.COLAGE.ORG
Suggested Readings for Youth and Young Adults with LGBTQ Parents
All Our Families
This book discuses the growing diversity of non-nuclear families, including gay and lesbian families.The book also proposes new ways to strengthen allfamilies.
M. A. Mason, A. Skolnick, S. D. Sugarman. Oxford University Press Inc. 1997.
And Featuring Bailey Wellcom As TheBiscuit
A novel featuring, 12 year old, Bailey Wellcom whohas just moved to the small town of Lucien NewMexico with her lesbian mother. Bailey goes on tocome to terms with her mother's new girlfriend andthe frightening event of a hate crime. Ages 12-16.
P. Durbin, Little Blue Works, Port Orchard, Washington,1999
Billy’s Boy
This book tells the story of twelve-year-old JohnWilliam Seden, the son of dead gay track star BillySive. His mother is a closeted lesbian, and Billy is beginning to question his own sexuality. This booksdiscusses coming out to friends and family, tolerancein schools, and some Christian, right-wing attitudestowards lgbt people and their families. Ages 14 andup.
P. Warren. Wildcat Press. 1997 
Coping When A Parent Is Gay
A collection of stories and examples of childrencoming to terms with and reacting to the fact thattheir parent is gay.
D. Miller. Rosen Publishing Group. 1993
Family And Friends True Stories Of GayAmerica’s Straight Allies
A collection of stories of straight allies, fromchildren to high school teachers, and their battleto fight for lgbt rights. Ages 12 and up.
D. Woog. Alyson books. 1999
Free Your Mind
The book for lgbt youth and their allies. A greatresource for anyone with an interest in lgbt youthissues. Ages 14 and up.
E. Bass, K. Kaufman. HarperCollins, New York, NY. 1996 
From The Notebooks Of Melanin Sun
The story of a 13-year-old-boy that is dealingwith his mother’s interracial lesbian relationship.Novel. Ages 13 and up.
J. Woodson. Point Signature . 1995 
Girl Goddess #9
This collection of short stories is focused on girlswho discover that the world is not a simple placeand that there is more than one way to live.Ages 14 and up.
F. Block. HarperCollins, New York, NY. 1996 
Holly’s Secret
Holly, an adopted daughter of a lesbian couplemoves to Manhattan. Holly decides to take on anew identity at her new middle school and hidethe reality of her family. Ages 12 and up.
 N. Garden. Farrar, Straus and Giroux Inc., 2000
House You Pass On The Way
A lesbian coming of age story about a young womengrowing up in an interracial family. Novel.
Ages 11-14.
J. Woodson. Laureleaf.1999
If It Doesn’t Kill You
The story of a boy in high school who strugglesto deal with his father coming out of the closet.Fiction. Ages 12 and up.
M. Bechard, Viking Children’s Books, 1999
Is It A Choice?
Answers 300 of the most frequently askedquestions about gays and lesbians. Someanswers you may know, but some may justsurprise you! Nonfiction. Ages 13 and up.
E.Marcus. HarperCollins, New York, NY. 1993
Bond with 15 year-old Jack as he struggles toredefine the word “family” when his divorcedfather announces that he is gay. Novel. Ages 14and up.
 A.M. Homes. Random House, New York, NY, 1990 
Living In Secret
Amelia’s mother helps her run away from her father who has custody and establish a newhome and identity in San Francisco with her mother’s girlfriend. Novel. Ages 14 and up.
C. Salat. Bantam, New York, NY.1999
Long Way Home
In this piece of fiction, Eleven-year-old Veronicais involved in a custody battle between her abusive father and her mother who has recentlycome out as a lesbian. 14 and up.
M. Romer., Windstorm creative limited, port orchard, WA.2000 
Out Of The Shadows
Rowanna is a 16-year-old girl growing up incontemporary Australia. Rowana has a secret,her mother was a lesbian, but was killed bydrunk driver. Ages 14 and up.
S. Hines. Avon Tempest. 2000 
Safe As Houses
A novel about a man coming to terms with hisideas of family, including his lover and their son.Ages 14 and up.
 A. Jeffers. Millivres Prowler Group. 1995 
17-year-old Maria lives with a lesbian couple inher first flat away from home. A touching comingof age story. Novel. Ages 13 and up.
 A.Donoghue. HarperCollins, New York, NY. 1994
Talk To Me: Stories And A Novella
A collection of stories offer realistic portraits oteen angst, as teens deal with romance, family, job, and school troubles. A variety of differentplots; from a boy growing up with two dads, to achild watching his mother through cancer.Nonfiction. Ages 12 and up.
C. Dines, Bantam Books, 1997 
Tommy Stands Alone
The story of a young Mexican-American gayteenager and his struggle to overcomehomophobia in his relationships with his familyand friends. Novel. Ages 12 - 16.
G. Velasquez. Arte Publico Press, 1995 
Unlived Affections
The story of an eighteen-year-old boy who loseshis grandmother, only to uncover a family secretin old letters. A story of a boy struggling with hisfather’s homosexuality. Fiction. Ages 14 and up.
G. Shannon, Alyson Publications, 1995 
What About The Children?
Written in the United Kingdom, this bookinterviews the children of lbgt parents.Nonfiction. Ages 16 and up.
L. Saffron. Cassell, London, England. 1997 
What If Someone I Know Is Gay?
Answers to questions about gay and lesbianpeople. Ages 12 and up.
 E. Marcus. Price Stern Sloan. 2000
Out Of Print
The following is a list of excellent books that are out of print. We suggest that you try tofind them at your local library or used bookstore.
Different Mothers*
Ages 13 and up.
L. Rafkin. Cleis Press, San Francisco.
Gay Olympian: The Life And Death Of Dr.Tom Waddell
T. Waddell and D. Schaap. Alfred A. Knopp, New York, NY.1996 
Lesbian And Gay Families; RedefiningParenting In America
J. Pollack. Franklin Watts. 1995 
J. Lowell. St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY 1995 
COLAGE is the only national youth-driven network of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parents.
1550 BRYANT ST. SUITE 830 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 (415) 861-5437 WWW.COLAGE.ORG
Suggested Reading for Youth and YoungAdults with LGBTQ Parents
For Adult COLAGErs
Beloved Daughter*
A wonderful collection of letters written by Asianimmigrants about their lgbt family member.
The Family Letter Project. MAPLBN. 1999
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Keith Fleming’s story of how his gay uncle, thewriter Edmund White, saved his life, when atsixteen, Fleming was commited to mentalinstitute. A memoir about adolescence, and oneboy’s relationship with his uncle.
 K. Fleming.
Morrow,William & Co.
Friends And Family True Stories Of America’s Straight Allies
Stories told by children, parents, and friends alikeabout their experiences both emotional and politicalwith lgbt family members.
D. Woog. Alyson Books. New York, NY. 1999.
Growing Up In A Lesbian Family
An academic look at children raised by lesbians,sometimes in comparison with children in straighthouseholds.
S. Golombok , F. Tasker. Gilford Press, New York NY . 1997 
Janet, My Mother And Me
A memoir by New Yorker writer William Murrayabout growing up in the 1940’s and 50’s with hismother, Natalia Danesi Murray, and her partner Janet Flanner.
W. Murray, Simon and Schuster. 2000 
Nobody’s Children: Orphans Of The HIVEpidemic
This book incorporates statistics and facts with the personal experiences of children whose lives have been affected by the HIV epidemic.
S. Dansky. Harrington Park Press, Binghamton, NY. 1997 
Other Side Of The Closet: The Coming-OutCrisis For Straight Spouses And Families
Based on five years of research, this book exploresmajor issues that arise for straight spouses when their wives or husbands come out.
 A. Pierce-Buxton. John Wiley & Sons, New York. 1994
Out Of The Closet Into Our Hearts:Celebrating Our Gay/Lesbian FamilyMembers
Stories and poems written by families of gay andlesbians. Includes interesting accounts from childrenas well as a diversity of other family members
L. Siegel, N. Olson, Leyland Publications, San Francisco,CA. 2001.
Out of the Ordinary
A groundbreaking collection of essays written byand for teenage and adult children of Gay,Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual parents.
N. Howey, E. Samuels, st. martin’s press, New York, NY.2000 
Trans Forming Families: Real Stories AboutTransgendered Loved Ones
Thirty one stories by spouses, parents, children, andfriends exploring the journey, struggle, and delight of having a transgendered loved one.
M. Boenke. Waterford Press. 1999
A Woman Like That
A collection of coming out stories by popular lesbianand bisexual authors. Some tell the story of losingcustody of children and others about being secondgeneration.
Ed. J. Larkin. Perennial harper Collins, New York, NY. 2000 *Sold by COLAGE. Please contact the office for purchasing information. (415)861-5437 
Publications of Interest
Arise: For Diverse People Of African Decent
Made for lgbt people, and their loved ones, of African decent. Covers family, travel, music andmany other areas of interest.
2121 Perlata St., Loft 126, Oakland CA 94907, (510)663-2743 arisemagazine@aol.com
Just For Us
COLAGE’s quarterly newsletter, packed with funstuff for children and lgbt parents!
COLAGE,1550 Bryant St., Suite 830 San Francisco, CA 94103 colage@colage.org 
In The Family: The Magazine For Lesbians, Gays,Bisexuals And Their Relations
A magazine about love, intimacy and family.
P.O. Box 5387, Takoma Park, MD 20913, (301)270-4771
COLAGE is the only national youth-driven network of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parents.
1550 BRYANT ST. SUITE 830 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 (415) 861-5437 WWW.COLAGE.ORG
Suggested Reading for Youth and YoungAdults with LGBTQ Parents

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