Books for Parents

Books for Parents

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad

This book is a comical retelling of a gay couple adopting their child, amongst other life events. Bucatinsky’s soul-baring and honest stories tap into that all-encompassing, and very human, hunger to be a parent—and the life-changing and often ridiculous road to getting there.
Purchase here: Written by Dan Bucatinsky

Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples

In this book author, activist and father Eric Rosswood guides and helps prospective LGBT parents to explore these five popular options: Adoption, Foster Care, Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy and Co-Parenting. Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood provides a unique combination of inspirational firsthand accounts combined with the critical information, tips and advice needed to help couples successfully navigate the complex road to parenthood.  

Purchase here: Written by Eric Rosswood, Charlie Condou, and Melissa Gilbert.

Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents

Lowe candidly reveals true accounts of this particular niche of humanity, while simultaneously creating a moving snapshot of the world in which we live. Raised by Unicorns guides the reader through an empathetic journey that is nothing short of compelling and poignant. We've all heard the phrase "raised by wolves." Now we have a window into the complex world of being Raised by Unicorns.

Purchase here: Edited by Frank Lowe.

Reproductive Losses: Challenges to LGBTQ Family-Making by Christa Craven

This book considers LGBTQ people’s experiences with miscarriage, stillbirth, failed adoptions, infertility, and sterility. It includes detailed stories drawn from over fifty interviews with LGBTQ people (including those who carried pregnancies, non-gestational and adoptive parents, and families from a broad range of racial/ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds) to consider how they experience loss, grief, and mourning. The book includes productive suggestions and personal narratives of resiliency, commemorative strategies, and communal support, while also acknowledging the adversity many LGBTQ people face as they attempt to form families and the heteronormativity of support resources for those who have experienced reproductive loss.

This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life

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. 

Purchase here: Written by Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo.


Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child

 Author Telaina Eriksen, a professor at Michigan State University and the mother of a gay daughter, explains what she and her husband have learned through experience. Tackles issues your LGBTQIA+ child may face growing into the person they are meant to be.  

Purchase here: Written by Telaina Eriksen.

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals

 This comprehensive first of its kind guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising their children in every city and state. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college.

Purchase here: Written by Stephanie A. Brill.