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LGBTQIA Parents



All parents feel incredible pressure to meet internal, familial, and cultural expectations of “good” parents, and that can intensify when our identities don’t match the dominant culture’s assumptions of what parents look like. From issues of fertility, surrogacy, and adoption to standard parenting woes, parents in the LGBTQIA+ community can struggle with evaluating, comparing, and defending ourselves and our very right and ability to raise a child. The truth is that every one of us who is willing has the capacity to provide the love needed to raise a child well, no matter our identity.

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Transgender Parents Who Conceived Two Sons Naturally | 20/20 | ABC News

Bianca and Nick Bowser, who were born male and female, respectively, conceived their two sons naturally. While the couple both identify as transgender, they have not gone through gender reassignment—which caused Nick to carry the pregnancies.

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Where’s the Mother?: Stories from a Transgender Dad

In a time when to most people “pregnancy” automatically means “motherhood,” what is it like to get pregnant, give birth, and breastfeed a child all while being an out transgender man? When Trevor MacDonald decided to start a family, he knew that the world was going to have questions for him.

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Lesbian and Gay Foster Care and Adoption (Second Edition)

Featuring a spectrum of families from diverse backgrounds, this book reveals the joys and challenges of adoptive and foster parenting.

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Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents

In recent years, the world has been saturated by endless blogs, articles, and books devoted to the subject of LGBTQ+ parenting. On the flip side, finding stories written by the children of LGBTQ+ parents is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack.

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The Other Mother: A Wickedly Honest Parenting Tale for Every Kind of Family

I’m Jen Brister: stand-up comedian, middle-aged adolescent, and mum. But not that mum—I’m the other one. Confused? Two years ago, my partner (a woman—we’re not solicitors) gave birth to twins. (I know! Believe me, I’m still reeling myself.

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If These Ovaries Could Talk: The Things We’ve Learned About Making an LGBTQ Family

Jaimie Kelton and Robin Hopkins, the creators and hosts of the popular podcast If These Ovaries Could TalkK, realized the world needed to know there was more than one way to make an LGBTQ family.

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Rainbow Relatives: Real-World Stories and Advice on How to Talk to Kids About LGBTQ+ Families and Friends

Whether you have your own questions because you’re preparing to come out to your kids, or you aren’t sure how to explain to your kids why their uncle has a boyfriend or why their friend has two mommies, this book can help.

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The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads: Everything You Need to Know About LGBTQ Parenting But Are (Mostly) Afraid to Ask

If You are Thinking of Becoming a Gay Dad, or if You are Already a Gay Dad ─ This Book is for You! Are you ready to have kids? More and more gay men are turning to adoption and surrogacy to start their own families.

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Straight Daughter of Lesbian Moms Responds to Uncomfortable Questions with Humor

Julia Heilrayne’s biological parents are male and female. Her parents got a divorce when her mom realized she was a lesbian. Her mom then married a woman. Now she has a mom, step-mom, and a dad.

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The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood

Krys Malcolm Belc’s visual memoir-in-essays explores how the experience of gestational parenthood—conceiving, birthing, and breastfeeding his son Samson—eventually clarified his gender identity. Krys Malcolm Belc has thought a lot about the interplay between parenthood and gender.

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