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LGBT Friendly Children’s Books

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I'm reading an interesting book called A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been. It was a total accident that I started reading a book like this (that is ridiculously anti-homosexual).

The front cover looks like this:

A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

So I thought it was about gay rights and how far homosexuals have come in this country over the years. I was pretty confused when I started reading about the “gay agenda” and how gays were trying to destroy marriage. I was like whattttt? So I started skimming ahead to see what else this book had in store for me. I then came across a list of gay-friendly kids books. What an awesome resource! Thanks, Dr. Brown, you are the inspiration behind this post.

lgbt friendly books for kids

A quick search on Amazon turned up quite a few LGBT friendly kid books.

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Mommy, Mama, and Me
Daddy, Papa, and Me
Heather Has Two Mommies
And Tango Makes Three
The Family Book
King and King
The Sissy Duckling
The Different Dragon

Using a search engine, I found these sites that also have LGBT friendly kid books:

Appreciate Diversity
Proud Parenting
Annie and Aunt

In the book, A Queer Thing Happened to America, these books are also mentioned:

One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads, by Johnny Valentine.
Oh the Things Mommies Do! What Could Be Better Than Having Two?, by Crystal Tomkins and Lindsey Evans
Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story, by Kaitlyn Considine
Two Daddies and Me, by Robbie Ann Packard
A Family Alphabet Book, by Bobbie Combs
Molly's Family, by Nancy Garden
Felicia's Favorite Story, by Leslea Newman

If you browse reviews on Amazon of this book, you may see statements like “I can say that there is no hatred or bigotry in his heart towards the gay community, only that true love and tender concern that God Himself has for them.”, and “Michael Brown does a great job pulling out God's heart on the matter of homosexuality. It is done in a non-judgmental, factual way, that brings to light what the Bible actually says.” — Yet when describing one of the books listed above (Oh the Things Mommies Do! What Could Be Better Than Having Two?), the author states “written by Crystal Tomkins with illustrations by “her wife” Lindsey Evans.” Mocking their relationship is a great way to show love. No?

I will be writing a full review on this book if I can ever wade through the bullshit and finish it, but for now I have to give it a big thumbs down for bigotry and homophobic tendencies. If that changes, I'll be sure to let you know.

I am very happy to have found LGBT friendly books for kids. We are expanding our bookshelf this summer and will definitely be including some of them!

Rant: Why Kirk Cameron Can Kiss My Ass

kirk cameron anti-gay

Disclaimer: This post is titled “Rant” for a reason. A good reason. This is a random rant, about someone or something that has pissed me off or gotten under my skin. Said rant will most likely contain at least a dozen curse words – more on a really bad day. If curse words offend you, checking out my recipe posts would be safer. I will rant about religious, politics, and even individuals. My intent is not to offend anyone (except the person I'm ranting about, perhaps), so please do not take anything said in my rants personally. If you have something you'd like me to rant about, email me. :) info AT slapdashmom DOT com.

“Knock, knock.”

“Who's there?”

“Kirk Cameron.”

“Kirk Cameron.. who?”

Haha. Get it? Okay, so I really do know who Kirk Cameron is – and Mike Seaver was one of my first TV crushes. But the guy who played that character, Kirk Cameron, is a royal douchebag.

Why Kirk Cameron Can Kiss My Ass

I absolutely loved that episode, by the way ^^.  I always wondered if someone could really get away with writing the test answers on the bottom of their sneakers. Knowing my luck, the answers would rub off before I got to class.

Anyway, the people that actually know who Kirk Cameron is know that he is a self-proclaimed Jesus freak (hey, I used to be one of those, too!). I have no problem with those that are passionate about their god. No problem at all. The people I have a problem with are the ones that use their god as an excuse for hate. Kirk Cameron does just this, and the worst part is… he's raising his kids to be bigots, too. Watch the interview here.

Let's talk about what exactly Mr. Douchebag said in his interview with Piers. Kirk Cameron, when asked if he thought homosexuality was a sin, described gays as destructive to civilization's foundations. Now why the hell couldn't you just say “Yes, according to my religion/Christianity, homosexuality is a sin”? That would have been perfectly acceptable. But to go on a freaking tirade and say that gays are destructive? To the foundation of civilization?!

Gays. Are. Destructive.

How are gays destructive, exactly? My dog, she's destructive. But gays, what makes them destructive? Detrimental, even?

Wanting equal rights? Is that destructive, Kirk? What the hell is destructive about two consenting adults loving each other? Please tell me what. makes. love. destructive?

Your words, Kirk Cameron, they are destructive.

de·struc·tive: tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often followed by of or to ): a very destructive windstorm.
Synonyms for the word include: 1. ruinous, deleterious. 2. unfavorable, adverse, negative. Antonyms include: 1. creative. 2. constructive. (source: dictionary.com)

I know this guy doesn't know that many gay men, but all of the gay men I know are clearly creative. Have you seen them decorate houses? Wowza. That's creative.

Gays are “tending to destroy”? What? Oh, let me guess, the sanctity of marriage, right? Marriage is a freaking joke in this country. The divorce rate is through the roof. Civil unions only grant a small fraction of the rights that marriages do, and they aren't even legal in all 50 states yet. It's pathetic.

Know what else is through the roof? The suicide rate of homosexuals, especially those that are teens.

Numerous studies have shown that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have a higher rate of suicide attempts than do heterosexual youth. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center synthesized these studies and estimated that between 30 and 40% of LGB youth, depending on age and sex groups, have attempted suicide.

A U.S. government study, titled Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide  found that LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than other young people. This higher prevalence of suicidal ideation and overall mental health problems among gay teenagers compared to their heterosexual peers has been attributed to Minority Stress. “More than 34,000 people die by suicide each year,” making it “the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds with lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth attempting suicide up to four times more than their heterosexual peers.”

In terms of school climate, “approximately 25 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and university employees have been harassed due to their sexual orientation, as well as a third of those who identify as transgender, according to the study and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education.”

LGBT students are three times as likely as non-LGBT students to say that they do not feel safe at school (22% vs. 7%) and 90% of LGBT students (vs. 62% of non-LGBT teens) have been harassed or assaulted during the past year.” (Source)

Disgusting.

There are no other words right now.

I am simply disgusted that a man who calls himself a christian… a man who is raising six children… a man who is supposed to be someone we can look up to… is spewing such hate. The worst part, I think, is that he is receiving so much support from those in the christian community. I was on his Facebook fan page and the comments just appalled me. Yes, he has the right to voice his opinion. Yes, he has the right to follow his religion. But his rights should stop where mine begin, and him calling me destructive because of who I love, and him (and others) preventing me from having equal rights should not be allowed in the United States of America. He needs to own up to his statements being hateful. Kirk Cameron has the right to be as hateful as he wants, but to lie about it and act like saying those things isn't hate… to hide behind his religion… to raise kids in such a horrible way? NO. Not acceptable.

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