LGBTQ Books, TOYS, GIFTS
DETERMINED TO BE DAD
by Steve Disselhorst
Author, Leadership Coach, and Consultant
Steve’s life has been consumed with the quest to create a family. As a boy raised Catholic in the Midwest, he grew up thinking he was straight and would marry a woman and have children. When he was confronted with his attraction to men and the eventual realization that he was gay, he gave up that dream of having a family and chose the route of gay singledom. As the times changed and he gained greater self-acceptance, he re-ignited his dream for a family and started the arduous journey toward parenthood.
Determined To Be Dad chronicles his trials and tribulations of self-discovery to acceptance to building a new reality and, finally, to the joys of creating his own family through adoption. With this tender and painful story, Steve offers his journey as a tribute to his desire for familial connection, overcoming self-imposed handicaps, and facing the harsh realities of two men trying to create a family. This is the story of faith, resilience, and the ubiquitous need for love and family.
THE FIGHTING INFANTRYMAN
By the time she arrived in Belvidere, Illinois, and started working as a farmhand, Jennie had a new name and a new identity . . .
Albert D. J. Cashier.
In 1861, the winds of war blew through the United States. Jennie Hodgers, a young immigrant from Ireland, moved west to Illinois and soon had a new name and a new identity--Albert D. J. Cashier. Like many other young men, Albert joined the Union Army. Though the smallest soldier in his company, Albert served for nearly three years and fought in forty battles and skirmishes. When the war ended, Albert continued to live his life as a man. His identity fit him as snug as his suspenders.
Decades later, a reporter caught wind of the news that an old man in the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home was actually a woman. The news swept through the country. What would happen to Albert and his military pension? Would he be allowed to continue to live as he wished? How would his friends, fellow soldiers, and others in the community react?
This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance.
THE NEW RULES OF PREGNANCY
Finally, a calming, inclusive book that cuts through the noise about pregnancy. No matter whether your baby is growing inside of you, your partner/spouse or your surrogate, this book will tell you exactly what you need to know--and what you can stop obsessing about and over-researching.
In The New Rules of Pregnancy, two leading OB-GYNs guide you through all aspects of pregnant life in an easy-to-digest, compassionate, and motivating way. Instead of a detailed week-by-week look at your baby’s development, it’s all about the expecting couple and how to help the pregnancy go as smoothly as possible. Every aspect of pregnant life is covered—from the practical details (how to fly pregnant) to the complex issues (“What makes it postpartum depression?”). The book also covers that critical “fourth trimester”--“Nursing” and “How to Feel Like Yourself Again”--because once the baby is born, self-care typically goes out the window.
Its strong point of view and expertise come from gynecologist Adrienne Simone and obstetrician Jaqueline Worth--two renowned New York doctors dedicated to bringing patients the safest, calmest, least invasive pregnancies possible. The book’s voice--motivating, supportive, real--comes from Danielle Claro, coauthor of The New Health Rules.
UNCLE BOBBY’S WEDDING
When Chloe's favorite uncle announces that he's getting married, everyone is excited. Everyone except Chloe, that is. What if Uncle Bobby no longer has time for picnics, swimming, or flying kites? Chloe just wants to keep having fun with her favorite uncle, but she's afraid everything is going to change. Can Uncle Bobby and his boyfriend Jamie show Chloe that, when it comes to family, the more the merrier? In this inspiring, love-filled story, Chloe learns just what family means.
Produced in coordination with GLAAD, this adorable picture book is a positive example of same-sex marriage and a celebration of family.
THE WINTER LOON
A courageous love story honoring the strength and spirit of all those who struggle with social persecution because of who they love and how they define family--whether it is flesh and blood kinfolk or those nearest and dearest to their heart.
Coming of age in the 1930s, Ruth Thompson defies her family’s expectation she marry Duke, her long-time sweetheart. Instead she joins a rodeo circuit to earn her college tuition. Once at college, she meets and falls in love with free-spirited Gisela.
The lives of Ruth, Gisela, and Duke entwine while Ruth embarks on a journey of self-discovery that takes her from Minnesota to the California coast. As WWII escalates, each of them faces a test of fortitude as they come to grips with redemption, forgiveness, the meaning of family, and living their truth during this perilous time in history.
Henriksen’s gorgeous settings and multilayered plot enrich the story. This is an inspiring, feel-good tale ~Publisher’s Weekly.
YOUR FAMILY: A DONOR KID’S STORY
By Wendy Kramer
Illustrated by Jen Moore
Author Wendy Kramer writes in her new book: In 2000 my then ten year old donor-conceived son Ryan and I started the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR). It was born out of his curiosity about possible half siblings and about his own biological father, a man only known to us as donor 1058. From the beginning, the DSR's mission has been to connect, educate and support all those in the donor family, first and foremost being the donor-conceived child.
19 years later, with 67,000 members in 105 countries, and with many research studies and published papers, we've come to understand much about everyone in the donor family. With almost 20,000 people connected on the DSR, we’ve heard from thousands of them about the profound and important familial connections that take place every single day. We know that it's important for donor offspring to be told about their origins right from the start - but telling is only the first step. Donor-conceived children must also feel understood about their own curiosities and eagerness to connect with their first and second-degree genetic relatives, and their desire to know more about their ancestry.
Kramer goes on to say she has been asked many times to recommend a children's book about being donor-conceived, being curious about half siblings and donors, and about making those connections. Thus Your Family: A Donor Kid’s Story was created. “Because there are an infinite number of combinations of family type, parent type, donor type, sibling type and child type, we show many types of kids and families,” says Kramer.