Resources for rainbow families are increasing all the time. Here are a few we’ve heard about.
“The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads: Everything You Need to Know About LGBTQ Parenting But Are (Mostly) Afraid to Ask” by Eric Rosswood is slated for release Oct. 24.
Stan J. Sloan of the Family Equality Council calls it, “the parenting book gay dads have been waiting for.” Topics include finding LGBT-affirming pediatricians, finding LGBT-friendly schools, how to childproof your home with style, how to handle awkward questions and more. The 248-page book retails for $16.95.
“When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community” is a book for children ages 4-8 by Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by Christopher Lyles which tells in age-appropriate ways how the pioneering lesbian couple affected their city’s various landmarks. It was released in June and is available on Amazon for $15.72.
“Wilderness” from En Garde Arts is a “pulsating new multimedia documentary theater piece that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany (life) in the 21st century.” Gender and sexual identity are themes explored in the work which runs in the Family Theater at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) Oct. 12-15. Tickets are $29. Details at kennedy-center.org.
“Suicide Awareness and Prevention in the LGBT Community” is a community forum that will be part of “One Love for a City” at Hillcrest Children and Family Center Oct. 8-15. There will be LGBT components to various parts of the event. Details at hillcrest-dc.org.
Rainbow Families has its Halloween Party on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Silver Spring United Methodist Church (8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.). The group also has a family outing to Cox Farms in Centreville, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 4. Details at rainbowfamiliesdc.org.
Another new book out is “Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition” by Elijah C. Nealy (288 pages, $27.95). Nealy, a therapist and former deputy executive direcot of New York City’s LGBT Community Center and trans himself, covers issues such as gender dysphoria, child therapy, coming out as trans, medical transition, transgender adolescents, navigating school, preparing for college and work and more. Author Jennifer Finney Boylan calls the book the one “that caregivers and family members of transgender children have been waiting for” and “a thoughtful roadmap.”