Who's Your Daddy?: And Other Writings on Queer Parenting

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This groundbreaking collection of writing brings vital and refreshing insights into current discussions about queer parenting, blending narrative and academic voices from Canada, the United States, England and Australia. The contributors are parents, prospective parents, writers, academics, lawyers, activists, health care professionals and — most significantly — queer spawn, the children of LGBTQ parents. The themes represented in these 40 essays include butches raising sons; queer youth as parents; trans experience in fertility clinics; legal and historical reflections; bisexuality and adoption; race relations in the family; heteronormativity in queer family kids' books; class issues within families; dealing with infertility; polyamory and parenting; discussions with sperm donors, single moms, gay dads; developments in reproductive technologies; rural and urban experience; and reflections on the meanings of biology and of “queer” parenting.

Whos Your Daddy? is a timely and dynamic collection that moves us away from the defensive position queer parents have historically been placed in — having to prove that we are “normal” and that our kids are “okay.” Instead, it offers a more honest exploration of the diversity that exists within queer families and a broader understanding of the complex issues that concern both queer parents and their children. These writings make a profound contribution to queer parenting discourse, looking at issues that have been previously unaddressed and introducing new and vibrant perspectives.

Whos Your Daddy? not only contains a wealth of information for new parents and those thinking of becoming parents but also provides invaluable information for counsellors, health care workers, social workers and human resource professionals. Website resources and recommended readings are provided and boxed information highlights support groups and organizations.

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Rachel Epstein has been doing research, education and community organizing related to LGBTQ parenting for close to 20 years, and since 2001 has coordinated the LGBTQ Parenting Network at the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In addition to her ongoing research, Rachel works as a mediator with LGBTQ parents and prospective parents. She is co-parent to a fabulous 16-year-old girl and step-parent to an equally fabulous 23-year-old boy.

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Postmodern indeed. As a single Black lesbian mother, I assumed that a resource like this wouldn't yet exist. On searching, I discovered a literary road map to queer parenting and family that is current, diverse and mini-encyclopedic in its breadth. Reading this work made me feel as though I had added to my family of choice. --Ruth Cameron, The Feminist Review

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