Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents

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Macmillan, Aug 10, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 216 pages
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Out of the Ordinary is a truly unique anthology, a groundbreaking collection of essays by the grown children of lesbian, gay, and transgender parents. Ranging from humorous to poignant, the essays touch on some of the most important and complicated issues facing them: dealing with a parent's sexuality while developing an identity of one's own; overcoming homophobia at school and at family or social gatherings; and defining the modern family. In a time when traditional family structure has undergone radical change, Out of the Ordinary is an important look at the meaning of love, family, and relationships, and will speak to anyone who has lived or is interested in non-traditional families.

With a foreword by Margarethe Cammermeyer, Ph.D., author of Serving in Silence, and a preface by columnist and author Dan Savage, Out of the Ordinary also includes a resource guide of organizations that offer support for the hundreds of thousands of gay, lesbian, and transgender parents and their children. As the demographic increases, this book becomes an invaluable tool for learning, understanding, and acceptance.

 

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While the families represented in this collection are not the same, leading one to wonder how these situations relate to one another, a common theme does persist: "Embarrassed, I didn't want to talk ... Read full review

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Contents

NOTHING TO ME
1
MY FATHERS EYES
15
THE PROMISE OF DESSERT
25
SEXUAL HEALING
39
ACTING LESSONS
49
I REMEMBER REACHING FOR MICHAELS HAND
63
MY MOTHER AND THE NUN
73
MORAL FABRICS
79
SHELL ALWAYS BE MY DADDY
131
TAMBOURINE DANCER
143
CHARLOTTE
151
GETTING CLOSER
163
TURNING INWARD
171
HOME MOVIE
179
RITES OF PASSAGE
185
THE PERILS OF KNOWING
195

FREAK
87
TRANSLATIONS
93
SMILE AND SAY NOTHING
103
FATHERS DAY
113
THE PLAIN TRUTH
123
Contributors
207
About the Editors
211
Resources
213
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About the author (2000)

Noelle Howey is a freelance editor who has contributed to numerous magazines and web sites, including Ms., Self, Time Out, Mademoiselle, and Mother Jones. She is also the author Dress Codes.

Ellen Samuels is an award-winning poet and teacher who lives in Berkeley, California. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Cornell University and has published poetry and articles in numerous literary journals.

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