There have always been lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) parents. But now there is a 'gayby boom'. Changes in social attitudes, the law and medical technology mean that more LGBT people are becoming parents, and living proud and open family lives. Yet there are still few role models.
Pride and Joy is full of stories, advice and real-life experience from LGBT parents and their children. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, sometimes surprising, every story sheds new light on what it’s like for LGBT people raising children in the UK and Ireland today.
Pride and Joy is positive and practical. It covers everything from starting a family, dealing with schools, talking with children about different families, and maintaining an LGBT identity as a parent.
This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand issues facing LGBT families including parents or prospective parents; extended families and friends; and social workers, teachers and other professionals.
"This lively and informative book, which includes the voices of children as well as parents, eloquently brings alive the findings of more than 30 years of research showing that LGBT families are just as likely to be happy families as are other kinds of families." - Susan Golombok, Director, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.
"Pride and Joy is a must read for anyone interested in beginning a Rainbow family. The personal stories provide insight into what can be a very confusing time. Excellent!" – Genta Sebastian, award-winning author of Riding the Rainbow and other novels with rainbow families.
"LGBT family identity is thriving in the UK. It’s about time we had an up to date book that explores and celebrates our diverse stories. This is a fascinating read." - Hannah Latham, editor of We are Family magazine.
"Sharing voices like the Hagger-Holts have done here sets us all up - whatever our gender, sexuality, partnership or parenting status - to be what we all want to be at heart. Good parents. Pride and Joy is refreshingly honest, free of bash-you-over-the-head political bleating. Instead, it offers a practical and ongoing conversation starter that is clearly written from experience and with love." - Gideon Burrows, author, Men Can Do It! The real reason men don't do childcare.
"Pride and Joy is a fascinating, comprehensive look at LGBT parenting full of diverse personal experience and accessible advice, which should be on the shelves of every LGBT parent." - Kate Harrad, editor of Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain.