´´An incredibly compelling and helpful read for parents?or anyone out there?who would like to learn more about the dual processes of raising a gay or lesbian child and growing up as gay or lesbian.´´ ?Cason Crane, Founder of The Rainbow Summits Project and LogoTV´s Youth Trailblazer Honoree, 2013 Coming out can be fraught with difficulty for both parents and child?but Wesley C. Davidson, a popular blogger on gay rights issues, and Dr. Jonathan Tobkes, a New York City-based psychiatrist, provide a road map so families can better navigate this rocky emotional terrain. Emphasizing communication and unconditional love, Davidson and Tobkes help parents untangle their own feelings, identify and overcome barriers to acceptance, encourage strong self-esteem in their child, handle negative or hostile reactions to their child´s sexual identity, and more. Filled with case studies and interviews, along with useful action plans and conversation starters, this is a positive, progressive guide to raising healthy, well-adjusted adults. Winner of the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs Award for best parenting book of 2017!
Cowboys, Armageddon, and the Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion offers an illuminating glimpse into a child´s sequestered world of abuse, homophobia, and religious extremism. Scott Terry´s memoir is a compelling, poignant and occasionally humorous look into the Jehovah´s Witness faith - a religion that refers to itself as The Truth - and a brave account of Terry´s successful escape from a troubled past. At the age of ten, Terry had embraced the Witnesses´ prediction that the world will come to an end in 1975 and was preparing for Armageddon. As an adolescent, he prayed for God to strip away his growing attraction to other young men. But by adulthood, Terry found himself no longer believing in the promised apocalypse. Through a series of adventures and misadventures, he left the Witness religion behind and became a cowboy, riding bulls in the rodeo. He overcame the hurdles of parental abuse, religious extremism, and homophobia and learned that Truth is a concept of honesty rather than false righteousness, a means to live a life openly, for Terry as a gay man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason P. Hilton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022778/bk_acx0_022778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Individualized Child-Focused Curriculum:A Differentiated Approach Redleaf Press Gaye Gronlund
Focused Portfolios(tm):A Complete Assessment for the Young Child Gaye Gronlund, Bev Engel
What sort of betrayal would drive a brother and sister apart? When Grace and her brother Andrew inherit their grandmother´s house, they surprise few people by deciding to move in together. But they´ve always got on well and the London house is large enough to split down the middle. There´s just one thing they´ve not taken into account though: what if one of them wants to bring a lover to the house? When Andrew´s partner, James, moves in, and immediately picks a fight about the treatment of gay men, the balance is altered - with almost fatal consequences. The Child´s Child is both an intriguing examination of betrayal in families, and a taut, thrilling listen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Finty Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006743/bk_bbcw_006743_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you ready to have kids? More and more gay men are turning to adoption and surrogacy to start their own families. An estimated two million American LBGTQ people would like to adopt and an estimated 65,000 adopted children are living with a gay parent. In 2016, the Chicago Tribune reported that 10 to 20 percent of donor eggs went to gay men expanding their families via surrogacy, and in many places the numbers were up 50 percent from the previous five years. Having a kid is like coming out all over again, on a daily basis, especially if you have an infant. Was coming out stressful for you? It´s about to get more intense and you will have a child watching your every move and listening to your every word. If you stutter or pause, they may pick up on your discomfort and could start to feel like something is wrong about their family unit. The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads is jam-packed with parenting tips and advice to help you build confidence and become the awesome gay dad you were meant to be! Unlike other parenting books that have whole chapters focusing on things specifically related to mothers (such as how to get the perfect latch when breastfeeding), this parenting book replaces those sections with things relevant to gay dads. It covers topics like how to find LGBT-friendly pediatricians, how to find LGBT-friendly schools, how to childproof your home with style, how to answer awkward and prying questions about your family from strangers, examples for what two-dad families can do on Mother´s Day, and much more. The audiobook also includes parenting tips and advice from pediatricians, school educators, lawyers, and other same-sex parents. Best-selling author Eric Rosswood covers every aspect of fatherhood for gay men in this essential guide to growing your family in the post-DOMA era. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011497/bk_blak_011497_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first paragraph of Kerry Ashton’s memoir explains a lot: “ I told this story once as fiction in the 1980s, but this time I tell the truth. I even tell the truth, in #MeToo fashion, about being violently raped by another man when I was 18, with a knife held to my throat—a secret I kept from everyone, including myself, for over 40 years. The rape, like other experiences I endured while a student at Brigham Young University, where I came out in the early 1970s, had a profound impact on my later life. But this story is not so much about my rape or my coming of age at BYU, as it is about the lifelong effects of shame itself, not only about how I internalized and inherited a wounding shame from my Mormon upbringing, but also how I eventually unshamed myself. It is about a lifetime journey of spiritual growth, self-discovery and healing, including many miraculous events along the way that pushed me forward through the darkness toward the light.” Telling about his experiences during his four years at BYU—the rape, falling in love for the first time, police surveillance, harassment and arrest, while enduring three years of conversion therapy, including two years of electroshock treatments—provide the structure of Kerry Ashton’s memoir. But intermittently he shares memories from growing up Mormon in Pocatello, Idaho, and from his adulthood. In one episode, the author talks about his mother’s passing, and how he unconsciously blamed himself for her death. In others, Kerry describes some of the battles with his religious father, and how he and his Dad eventually came to forgive each other. These stories, like many others shared in the book, are poignant. Some—like the description that Kerry provides of his rape—are sexually graphic. Some stories are hilarious. And some are dramatic, like those dealing with the domestic violence Kerry endured as a child. The author also shares memories from his professional career as an actor and writer, both in L.A. and NYC, describing his personal encounters with stars like Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis and Julie Harris, while sharing his experiences with famed writers Tennessee Williams, James Leo Herlihy (author of MIDNIGHT COWBOY), and John Rechy (author of THE SEXUAL OUTLAW), as well as his brief but profound affair with Steven Sondheim. Lastly, the author talks about the 12 years he spent in therapy, about his 16-year battle with a rare and disabling cancer only recently won, and about his sexual journey that led him through S&M, kinky sex, and the leather scene, to the loving monogamous relationship he now enjoys. All of the stories that Ashton shares from his life deal with shame, either in how the author internalized shame and turned it against himself, or how he later rid himself of most of it to become a SAINT UNSHAMED.
Jerry McKenzie is a reclusive and antisocial artist, quite content to ride his horses and work in his studio, keeping to himself. It´s not any kind of life for a child, and when Jerry finds out he’s been named his orphaned nephew’s guardian, he panics. He doesn´t know what to do with a child and isn´t sure he can give William the affection and the love the boy so desperately needs. Then Jerry meets David Loewenberger, the new teacher William becomes immediately attached to, and he starts to see how they could make a family together: a family to replace the one William lost, a family David had given up on ever finding... a family Jerry never knew he wanted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Crisden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/huds/000041/bk_huds_000041_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I’m living the life I’ve always wanted. The only thing holding me back is something I’ve kept hidden for so long that I barely understand it anymore.KieranI’ve worked hard to get to the top, and now that I have the life and career I want, nothing is going to stand in my way. Becoming the golden child in an up-and-coming legal firm is no small feat, and I’ve got my sights set on the future. Unfortunately my bosses have other ideas. They’ve been watching me more closely than I realized. I know they have my best intentions at heart, but they’re interrupting my plans. The company I work for makes sure their employees take care of themselves. After a few failed attempts at stress management, they’re packing me off to a retreat specializing in difficult cases. If I want to keep my job, I have to go. I was expecting a few weeks of shallow introspection and meditation. What I didn’t expect was the same loneliness and isolation as I felt in the real world, or that I would make a friend like Cole. ColeKieran doesn’t know the retreat I work for is much more than talking about feelings. Our kind of healing reaches back in time, digging out long-buried secrets. When the truth comes out, the change he discovers will cause him to reevaluate his entire life. Torn between the world he’s forged for himself, and the one he’s found in Cole’s arms, Kieran will have to make the hardest choice of his life, or risk losing everything. Will he be able to step up to the challenge? Forbidden Instinct is a standalone, gay shifter romance featuring deep secrets, steamy encounters between hot shifter men, and a few rounds of Kumbaya. This sexy gay romance is best enjoyed by those over 18 years of age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: A.L. DeVille. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/146039/bk_acx0_146039_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue: COMMENT ´´For Heaven’s Sake´´, by Hendrik Hertzberg: Going for the God vote. AMERICAN CHRONICLES ´´The Lie Factory´´, by Jill Lepore: The birth of the modern campaign.A CRITIC AT LARGE ´´In Plain View´´, by Malcolm Gladwell: The lessons of the Sandusky case. PROFILES ´´The Crisis Manager´´, by Gay Talese: The Yankees’ unflappable Joe Girardi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mundt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/120919/pe_nyer_120919_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.