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Reinventing Hip Mama: an Interview with Ariel Gore
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Reinventing Hip Mama: an Interview with Ariel Gore

In the wee early months of my suburban lesbian parenthood, after swimming through a sea of glossy parenting magazines full of articles about which board books would grow my six-month-old’s brain faster, or how to up my sexy factor for the husband I didn’t have, I discovered Hip Mama: the Parenting Zine. […]

Marriage Equality: the “Tri” in Our Trifecta
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Marriage Equality: the “Tri” in Our Trifecta

The following is the third in our ongoing Wednesday series, Lawfully Wedded Life. Do you have a story to tell about marriage, marriage equality, or the lack thereof? Submit yours here. We’ll be running the series through the SCOTUS marriage equality decision(s), expected late June 2013.   K-Bird and his kindergarten classmate are […]

Children’s Books for the “Gender Variant”
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Children’s Books for the “Gender Variant”

Maria L. Hughes, of ChildrensBookstore.com recently contacted me to share a bit about some of the books she likes for kids who are–or who are interested in learning more about being–“gender variant.” “Gender variant” is a loose term meant to include any kid who feels constrained by the rigidity of […]

The Purim Superhero: A Holiday Story by and for Queer Family
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The Purim Superhero: A Holiday Story by and for Queer Family

Because I am exceptionally lucky, I have known Els Kushner for several years, via the magic of the Internet. When I heard that her first picture book was finally released, I was eager to see the final results of something I got to watch happening behind the scenes. It was […]

A Picture Book Bibliography of the Civil Rights Movement
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A Picture Book Bibliography of the Civil Rights Movement

Recently, an Internet friend asked if I knew of any good picture books that cover the Civil Rights Movement. These aren’t easy to find. Many that are supposedly about Civil Rights are actually kind of vague. Race is a taboo subject and it is hard to find books for kids […]

What’s Love Got to Do with It?
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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the intersection of a couple of ideas, that at first glance, seem to contradict one another. The first is “Love Makes a Family.” It’s the rallying cry for us queers and our sometimes odd assemblages of chosen and inherited family. It’s a slogan I can […]

Our Books, Our Selves
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Our Books, Our Selves

The recent New York Times article about the lack of children’s literature by and about Latinos rang familiar to me. I have always had to do some extra homework to find media that featured characters that look like me – and now that I am raising children, I’m even more […]

Banned Books Week Special: Some favorite kids’ lit titles
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Banned Books Week Special: Some favorite kids’ lit titles

Banned Books Week (this year, Sept 30 – Oct 6): always a favorite among bibliophiles, and a particular favorite among we who keep finding books about us banned. Before it ends tomorrow, I wanted to call out a half dozen or so favorite kid’s book titles from our family’s library.  There […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week!
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Celebrate Banned Books Week!

Since 1982, the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week has shone a bright light on the book titles some would have made into pulp. The week-long festival of consciousness-raising makes for a great opportunity to learn about the health and the threats to intellectual freedoms in the U.S. For a […]

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Book Collection(s) for Queer Families

I put this together as a “page” over in our sidebar as well as here as a post. It is not meant to be exhaustive, but I’m also happy to add to it. (Most likely in a slowly-but-surely manner, much like the rest of this site.)