This video of Zach Wahls, who was raised by two moms, speaking out about gay marriage has been going around Facebook and Twitter again. I imagine you’ve seen it already, but if you haven’t, please take the time to listen to this well spoken young man’s words.
You might also be interested in this bibliography I made last year featuring books for kids and teens about LGBT families. Please feel free to download and share the bibliography with anyone who might appreciate it. I’m happy to say that the list already needs to be updated. Here are a few more books for kids and teens that feature LGBT families:
- Vanita Oeschlager has two books to choose from on this subject. A Tale of Two Mommies has a boy recounting the ways his moms are different from each other. It clearly shows how his family isn’t that different from any other. A Tale of Two Daddies offers the same look at a different family make-up. Both are reassuring picture books for younger kids.
- If you are looking for something subtle, you might try Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever by Julianne Moore. Now, I know some people have strong opinions on books by celebrity authors, but this book might be of interest for the fact that one of the characters has two moms. It is a very brief mention, but it not a big deal at all. Just one aspect of the character’s life.
- For older readers, I have another celebrity authored title, Playground by 50 Cent. It is aimed at middle schoolers, and it isn’t revealed until well into the book–as the main character becomes okay with it–that the mom’s friend Evelyn is more than a friend. The book also takes on bullying from the bully’s perspective, and it will probably appeal to kids with an interest in gritty urban fiction.
- Teen readers might be interested in Calli by Jessica Lee Anderson, which is about a teen in a family with two moms and her relationship with the foster child they take in. You can download the first five chapters on the author’s web site.
Feel free to share your favorite books featuring LGBT families in the comments. I’d love to have more to add to my list!