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

OWENS-REID, Dannielle & . 240p. Chronicle. Oct. 2014. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781452127538. LC 2013040465.
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As the title suggests, this book is targeted at parents of children and teens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). The authors detail their coming out stories in the introduction, which provides readers with a clear understanding of their background and perspective. In addition to the intended audience, teens may also find this title useful for making sense of their parents' experience. Similar books do not provide such a personal look into the stories and experiences of LGBT children and teens. The authors have provided pinpointed lists of information and easy-to-follow charts along with short summaries of chapters. The question-and-answer format is clear and the responses acknowledge that there are different options for helping both children and parents deal with the coming-out process. Readers will find important advice and information they might otherwise be reluctant to seek out. An excellent and much-needed resource.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

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