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An Ordinary Day

Title: An Ordinary Day
By: Elana K. Arnold
Published: 2020

An ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood turns out to be extraordinary in this story about new life, death, and family.

Birth – 2 years.

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Morris Micklewhite And The Tangerine Dress

Title: Morris Micklewhite And The Tangerine Dress
By: Christine Baldacchino
Published: 2014

A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

4 - 7 years.

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Love Makes a Family

Title: Love Makes a Family
By: Sophie Beer
Published: 2018

Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there's one thing that makes a family a family ... and that's love.

Birth - 3 years.


Hazel's Theory of Evolution

Title: Hazel's Theory of Evolution
By: Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Published: 2019

Hazel knows a lot about the world. That's because when she's not hanging with her best friend, taking care of her dog, or helping care for the goats on her family's farm, she loves reading through dusty encyclopedias. But even Hazel doesn't have answers for the questions awaiting her as she enters eighth grade.

8 - 12 years.

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Drum Roll, Please

Title: Drum Roll, Please
By: Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Published: 2018

This summer brings a lot of big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself unexpectedly falling for another girl at camp. To top it all off, Melly's not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock n' roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?

8 - 12 years.

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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

Title: Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
By: Ashley Herring Blake
Published: 2018

Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school.

8 - 12 years.

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King and the Dragonflies

Title: King and the Dragonflies
By: Kacen Callender
Published: 2020

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.

8 - 12 years.

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The Pants Project

Title: The Pants Project
By: Cat Clarke
Published: 2017

Eleven-year-old Liv fights to change the middle school dress code requiring girls to wear a skirt and, along the way, finds the courage to tell his moms he is meant to be a boy.

9 years - up

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People of Pride: 25 Great LGBTQ Americans

Title: People of Pride: 25 Great LGBTQ Americans
By: Chase Clemesha, MD
Published: 2021

What do Frank Ocean, Sally Ride, George Takei, and Sharice Davids all have in common? They're all proud LGBTQ Americans! Featuring people from a variety of occupations and backgrounds, this collection of 25 short biographies demonstrates the diversity, accomplishments, and pride within the American LGBTQ community.

8-12 years.

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Understanding Gender

Title: Understanding Gender
By: Juno Dawson
Published: 2020

Introduces readers to gender concepts and inspiring and impassioned accounts from LGBTQ+ activists. Through these pages readers will discover why having the freedom of true gender expression is so important.

10-13 years.

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Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!

Title: Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!
By: Joy Ellison
Published: 2021

This illustrated book introduces children to the story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the two transgender women of colour who helped kickstart the Stonewall Riots and dedicated their lives to fighting for LGBTQ+ equality.

4 - 8 years.

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Love Is Love

Title: Love Is Love
By: Michael Genhart
Published: 2018

A boy becomes upset when he is teased for having two dads, but viewing his friend's family (with a mom and a dad) as not all that different from his own, he realizes the best way to counter the ridicule is to be proud of who his fathers are and know that it is love that makes a family.

4 years & up.

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Lily and Dunkin

Title: Lily and Dunkin
By: Donna Gephart
Published: 2016

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy.

10 - 12 years.

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Melissa (former title: George)

Title: Melissa (former title: George)
By: Alex Gino
Published: 2015

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

8 - 12 years.

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Title: Rick
By: Alex Gino
Published: 2020

Eleven-year-old Rick Ramsey has generally gone along with everybody, just not making waves; but now in middle school he discovers the Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities can express themselves--and maybe among them he can find new friends and discover his own identity.

9 - 11 years.

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The Other Boy

Title: The Other Boy
By: M. G. Hennessey
Published: 2016

Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is just a regular boy. But Shane is keeping something private, and when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, it will take a lot of courage for him to ignore the ridicule, and show the world that he's still the same boy he was before. But in the end, those who stand by him may surprise everyone--including Shane.

8 - 12 years.

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I Am Jazz

Title: I Am Jazz
By: Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Published: 2014

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere.

4-8 years.

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Middle School's a Drag, You Better Werk!

Title: Middle School's a Drag, You Better Werk!
By: Greg Howard
Published: 2020

In Charleston, South Carolina, a young business entrepreneur, newly out as gay, starts his own junior talent agency and signs a thirteen-year-old aspiring drag queen as his first client.

10 - 12 years.

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Second Dad Summer

Title: Second Dad Summer
By: Benjamin Klas
Published: 2020

Jeremiah just wants a normal summer with his dad, but it's clear that isn't happening. His dad just moved to an apartment near downtown Minneapolis to live with his new boyfriend, Michael. This is going to be a long summer!

7 - 11 years.

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Where the Heart is

Title: Where the Heart is
By: Jo Knowles
Published: 2019

If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity.

10 - 14 years.

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Title: Snapdragon
By: Kat Leyh
Published: 2020

Snap's town has a witch. At least, that's the rumor. In reality, Jacks is just a Crocs-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells the skeletons of roadkill online. It's creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it's kind of cool, too. As Snap gets to know her, she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic--and an unlikely connection to Snap's family's past.

10 - 14 years.

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The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish

Title: The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish
By: Lil Miss Hot Mess
Published: 2020

Written by a founding member of the nationally recognized Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH), this playful picture book offers a quirky twist on a classic nursery rhyme by illustrating all of the ways to "work it".

4 - 8 years.

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Julián Is a Mermaid

Title: Julián Is a Mermaid
By: Jessica Love
Published: 2018

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, all he can think about is dressing up in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about how Julián sees himself?

4 - 8 years.

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Too Bright To See

Title: Too Bright To See
By: Kyle Lukoff
Published: 2021

In the summer before middle school, eleven-year-old Bug must contend with best friend Moira suddenly caring about clothes, makeup, and boys; a ghost haunting; and the truth about Bug's gender identity.

10 - 12 years.

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When Aidan Became a Brother

Title: When Aidan Became a Brother
By: Kyle Lukoff
Published: 2019

Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby.

4 - 7 years.

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Title: Operatic
By: Kyo Maclear
Published: 2019

About to graduate from middle school, Charlie is preoccupied with a crush, Emile, and the absence of Luka, a boy in her class, who has not come to school in days. In Mr. P's music class, she hears the songs of opera singer Maria Callas and falls in love with opera. Maria's story helps Charlie navigate her own world.

10-14 years.

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Plenty of Hugs

Title: Plenty of Hugs
By: Fran Manushkin
Published: 2020

Illustrations and gently rhyming text follow two mothers and their toddler on a sunny day.

2 - 5 years.

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Birdie & Me

Title: Birdie & Me
By: J. M. M. Nuanez
Published: 2020

Ever since their free-spirited mama died ten months ago, twelve-year-old Jack and her gender creative nine-year-old brother, Birdie, have been living with their fun-loving Uncle Carl, but now their conservative Uncle Patrick insists on being their guardian which forces all four of them to confront grief, prejudice, and loss, all while exploring what 'home' really means.

10 - 12 years.

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Title: Cattywampus
By: Ash Van Otterloo
Published: 2020

When a quarrel between two girls unleashes a graveyard full of angry zombies, they must work together to save Howler's Hollow, and themselves!

Ages 8 - 12.

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The Best Man

Title: The Best Man
By: Richard Peck
Published: 2016

Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.

9 - 12 years.

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Adventures With My Daddies

Title: Adventures With My Daddies
By: Gareth Peter
Published: 2021

A child describes all of the adventures she has with her two daddies.

4 - 8 years.

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My Maddy

Title: My Maddy
By: Gayle E. Pitman
Published: 2020

A child celebrates her Maddy, who is neither mommy nor daddy but a little bit of both, like so many things in nature. Includes note to parents.

4 - 8 years.

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A Church for All

Title: A Church for All
By: Gayle E. Pitman and Laure Fournier
Published: 2018

Celebrates a diverse community on a Sunday morning at an inclusive church that welcomes all people regardless of age, class, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Come to the church for all!

3 - 5 years.
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Gay & Lesbian History for Kids

Title: Gay & Lesbian History for Kids
By: Jerome Pohlen
Published: 2016

The history is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement’s key events. Twenty-one activities enliven the history and demonstrate the spirited ways the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change.

9 years and up.

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Gracefully Grayson

Title: Gracefully Grayson
By: Ami Polonsky
Published: 2019

Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world

10 - 14 years.

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Spin With Me

Title: Spin With Me
By: Ami Polonsky
Published: 2021

Essie is not excited about moving to North Carolina for her dad's visiting professorship, and counts the days until she can return home. Then she meets Ollie, who is nonbinary. Ollie is smart and confident, and begins to juggle their passion for queer advocacy with their other interests. Can the two untangle their feelings before their time together is done?

8 - 12 years.

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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Title: Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
By: Rob Sanders
Published: 2018

Traces the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.

5 - 8 years.

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Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.

Title: Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.
By: Rob Sanders
Published: 2019

Recounts the history of the Stonewall Inn and describes the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, which sparked the gay liberation movement in the United States, and details the history of LGBTQ rights since the riots.

5 - 8 years.

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Jerome By Heart

Title: Jerome By Heart
By: Thomas Scotto
Published: 2018

A young boy expresses his love for his friend Jerome.

4 - 8 years.

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To Night Owl From Dogfish

Title: To Night Owl From Dogfish
By: Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
Published: 2019

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, two girls, age eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through letters, emails and text messages.

10 - 12 years.

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The List of Things That Will Not Change

Title: The List of Things That Will Not Change
By: Rebecca Stead
Published: 2020

Despite her parents' divorce, her father's coming out as gay, and his plans to marry his boyfriend, ten-year-old Bea is reassured by her parents' unconditional love, excited about getting a stepsister, and haunted by something she did last summer at her father's lake house.

8 - 12 years.

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Pride Colors

Title: Pride Colors
By: Robin Stevenson
Published: 2019

In this photographic concept book, babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color.

Birth - 3 years.


The  Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide To Exploring Who You Are

Title: The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide To Exploring Who You Are
By: Kelly Storck and Noah Grigni
Published: 2018

The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids offers fun, age-appropriate activities to help your child explore their identity and discover unique ways to navigate gender expression at home, in school, and with friends.

7 - 14 years.

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A Day In The Life of Marlon Bundo

Title: A Day In The Life of Marlon Bundo
By: Jill Twiss
Published: 2018

Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives at the Naval Observatory with his Grampa, the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever.

6 - 8 years.

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The Prince & The Dressmaker

Title: The Prince & The Dressmaker
By: Jen Wang
Published: 2018

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia. Sebastian's secret weapon is his brilliant dressmaker, Frances--his best friend and one of only two people who know the truth. But how long can Frances defer her own dreams to protect her friend?

12-18 years.

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Lumberjanes, Volume 1

Title: Lumberjanes, Volume 1
By: Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson
Published: 2015

Follows a group of girls named Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo spending summer at a scout camp, and the strange creatures and supernatural phenomena they encounter there.

9-12 years.

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Saturdays With Hitchcock

Title: Saturdays With Hitchcock
By: Ellen Wittlinger
Published: 2017

Twelve-year-old Maisie feels that she has enough complications in her life: her actor uncle has moved in with her family while he recovers from an accident and her father is not pleased, her grandmother is slipping into dementia but wants to remarry, her mom has been laid off, and her best friend Cyrus, with whom she spends Saturdays watching classic movies, has revealed that he is gay--but Gary, the boy he has a crush on, seems more attracted to Maisie herself

10 - 17 years.

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Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

Title: Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
By: Alyssa Zaczek
Published: 2020

Seventh-grader Martin McLean has trouble expressing himself except at Mathletes competitions and, now, as a female impersonator, but his first-ever drag show falls on the same night as an important Mathletes tournament.

8 - 12 years.

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Frontline: Growing Up Trans

Title: Frontline: Growing Up Trans
Published: 2015

Told from the perspective of parents, doctors, and, most revealing of all, eight transgender kids themselves, ranging in ages from 9 to 19, FRONTLINE takes a powerful look at this new generation, exploring the medical possibilities, struggles, and choices transgender kids and their families face today.

Family-Friendly Documentary [Hoopla]

In The Turn

Title: In The Turn
By: Erica Tremblay (Director)
Published: 2015

A documentary about a 10-year-old transgender girl who finds acceptance and empowerment in the company of a queer roller derby collective.

Family-Friendly Documentary [Hoopla]

In My Shoes - Children of LGBTQ Parents

Title: In My Shoes - Children of LGBTQ Parents
By: Jen Gilomen (Director)
Published: 2005

In this short documentary, young people who are children of LGBTQ parents provide a chance to walk in their shoes - to hear their own views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family.

Family-Friendly Documentary [Kanopy]

Gender Matters - Transgender Youth

Title: Gender Matters - Transgender Youth
By: Various
Published: 2016

Six short films, including narratives and documentaries, delve into the lives of transgender & gender expansive young adults appear in this collection.

Family-Friendly Short Films Collection [Kanopy]

Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front

Title: Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front
By: Various
Published: 2016

These four short documentaries explore the varied identities of trans and gender expansive youth and young adults.

Family-Friendly Short Films Collection [Kanopy]

Pink Boy

Title: Pink Boy
By: Eric Rockey (Director)
Published: 2015

A verite-style documentary profiling a gender non-conforming boy growing up in a conservative area of rural Florida

Family-Friendly Documentary [Kanopy]

Growing Up Coy

Title: Growing Up Coy
By: Eric Juhola (film director, film producer)
Published: 2016

Growing Up Coy' follows a landmark transgender rights case in Colorado where a six-year-old transgender girl named Coy has been banned from the girl's bathroom at her school. Coy's parents hire a lawyer to pursue a civil rights case of discrimination, and the family is thrust into the international media spotlight, causing their lives to change forever.

Family-Friendly Documentary [Kanopy]

Steven Universe: Season 1

Title: Steven Universe: Season 1
By: Ian Jones-Quartey (Director)
Published: 2013

As Steven tries to figure out his powers, he spends his days with his human father Greg, his friend Connie or the other gems, whether to help them save the world or just to hang out. He explores the abilities passed down to him by his mother, which include fusion -the ability of two gems to temporarily merge their identities and bodies to form a distinct new personality.

Family-Friendly Animated Series [DVD]

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Steven Universe: Season 2

Title: Steven Universe: Season 2
By: Ian Jones-Quartey (Director)
Published: 2015

Steven Universe is about the misadventures of a boy named Steven, the ultimate "little brother" to a team of magical guardians of humanity-the Crystal Gems. Steven may not be as powerful as the Crystal Gems. Or as savvy. But that doesn't stop him from joining Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl on their magical adventures and somehow finding a way to save the day!

Family-Friendly Animated Series [DVD]

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The Gender Creative Child

Title: The Gender Creative Child
By: Diane Ehrensaft
Published: 2016

In this comprehensive resource, Dr. Ehrensaft explains the interconnected effects of biology, nurture, and culture to explore why gender can be fluid, rather than binary. As an advocate for the gender affirmative model and with the expertise she has gained over three decades of pioneering work with children and families, she encourages caregivers to listen to each child, learn their particular needs, and support their quest for a true gender self.


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Gay Parenting

Title: Gay Parenting
By: Shana Priwer and Cynthia Phillips
Published: 2015

This insightful, thoroughly researched guide offers sage advice for same-sex families in every stage, from making the decision to have children to dealing with embarrassed teenagers.

Nonfiction Parenting eBook

Parenting Beyond Blue and Pink

Title: Parenting Beyond Blue and Pink
By: Christia Spears Brown, PhD
Published: 2014

Outlines psychology-based strategies for focusing on a child's unique strengths rather than on gender expectations, counseling parents on how to avoid cultural inclinations that limit a child's potential.


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Rad Families: A Celebration

Title: Rad Families: A Celebration
By: Tomas Moniz and Ariel Gore
Published: 2016

Rad Families: A Celebration honours the messy, the painful, the playful, the beautiful, the myriad ways we create families.

Nonfiction Parenting Book

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This Is A Book For Parents Of Gay Kids

Title: This Is A Book For Parents Of Gay Kids
By: Dannielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo
Published: 2014

Through their LGBTQ-oriented site, the authors are uniquely experienced to answer parents' many questions and share insight and guidance on both emotional and practical topics. Filled with real-life experiences from gay kids and parents, this is the book gay kids want their parents to read


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Journey To Same-Sex Parenthood

Title: Journey To Same-Sex Parenthood
By: Eric Rosswood
Published: 2016

Author Eric Rosswood guides prospective LGBT parents to explore these five popular options: adoption, surrogacy, foster care, co-parenting, and assisted reproduction. Each section includes a description of the specific family-building approach, followed by personal stories from same-sex couples and individuals who have chosen and gone through that particular journey.


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