Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood
Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples
by Eric Rosswood
Foreword by Melissa Gilbert
Introduction by Charlie Condou
Same-sex couples are faced with many different options when choosing to have children today. In Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood, author, activist and father Eric Rosswood guides and helps prospective LGBT parents to explore these five popular options: Adoption, Foster Care, Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy and Co-Parenting.
Each section includes a description of the specific family-building approach, followed by personal stories from same-sex couples and individuals who have chosen and gone through that particular journey. The appendix contains important legal issues to consider and questions to ask before deciding to move forward, along with a list of reasons why people may choose each of the five family-building paths and the challenges they may encounter.
Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood provides a unique combination of inspirational firsthand accounts combined with the critical information, tips and advice needed to help couples successfully navigate the complex road to parenthood.
"...a helpful guide, full of heart-warming stories of modern families."
— Attitude Magazine
"Finally, a book written about parenting from the experience of others in our
community! Brandon and I felt like we were receiving advice from friends who understood
and got us. Now, if we could only get Eric and the other people in this book on speed
dial for when we raise our children!"
— Craig Ramsay, Fitness Expert and reality TV star on Bravo's "Newlyweds: The First Year"
"...a fantastic tool for anyone in the LGBT community who wants to have children
and would like to explore the different ways to embark on such a journey."
— HIV Equal
"...a must have for any same-sex couple thinking about starting a family,
or those interested in parenting overall."
— Konrad Juengling, OutBoise Magazine
Webinar Event: Journey to Parenthood — Deciding Which Path is Right for You: Adoption, Foster Care, Surrogacy, Assisted Reproduction, or Co-Parenting. Join the event on April 16 from 8 to 9 pm EST by clicking here.
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Click here to watch a short YouTube video featuring Duke and Steve, one of the couples in the book.
Eric Rosswood is an LGBT activist with a prominent role in the gay community. A former Chapter Leader for Marriage Equality USA and previous member of SF GLAAD's Leadership Council, Rosswood was also a Board Member for San Francisco Pride, whose annual event is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. He and his husband, Mat, adopted their son through open adoption. He is now a stay-at-home dad and writes for the award-winning news and opinion site, The New Civil Rights Movement, which focuses on progressive politics and global civil rights with an audience of over 21 million monthly.
Melissa Gilbert is an actress, television director, and 2016 Democratic candidate for Michigan's 8th congressional district. Gilbert began her career as a child actress in the late 1960s, appearing in numerous commercials and guest starring roles on television. From 1974 to 1984, she starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. She also appeared in several popular television films, including The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker. Gilbert served as the President of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.
Charlie Condou is an actor, writer, father and activist best known for playing midwife Marcus Dent in the long-running TV series, Coronation Street, the top soap in the UK. In October 2012, he was named by the British gay publication, Attitude, as the magazine's "Man of the Year." In 2014 Condou was nominated for the "Advocate for change" award at the GLAAD awards in Los Angeles.
Nonfiction, 5.5 x 8.5, 240 pages
Family and Relationships/Alternative Family
LC# 2015913633, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-514-4 (pb), $15.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-515-1 (eBook), $15.95