COLAGE Resources & Publications 2020-07-23T16:25:06-04:00
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The queerspawn resource project is an ever growing list that centers the experiences of people with LGBTQ parents and caregivers. As individuals who stand at the intersection of many nuanced identities, we know the deep importance and life-changing impact of finding ourselves — in this case, our queerspawn-ness — represented in books, film, TV shows, news media, and every other area of society. These resources for, by, and about queerspawn are gathered here to give queerspawn a deeper and fuller look at their own identities, as well as to offer professionals, educators and families easy access to new tools with which to better understand and connect to the queerspawn in their lives.

This list was curated by COLAGE NYC (Megan McKnight, Gabe Back-Gaal, and Jamie Larson). Suggested additions and feedback should be emailed to

You Began As a Wish - Kim Burgman (2017)
Daddy’s Home - Orran George (2016)
My Dads are SO Embarrassing! - Pablo Fernández (2016)
My Two Dads are Amazing - Pablo Fernández (2016)
Keesha’s South African Adventure - Cheril N. Clarke and Monica Bey-Clarke (2016)
Stella Brings the Family - Miriam B. Schiffer (2015)
The Zero Dads Club - Angel Adeyoha - Flamingo Rampant Press (2015)
M is for Mustache - Catherine Hernandez - Flamingo Rampant Press (2015)
A Princess of Great Daring - Tobi Hill-Meyer - Flamingo Rampant Press (2015)
Zak’s Safari: A Story About Donor-Conceived Kids of Two-Mom Families - Christy Tyner (2014)
The Pea That Was Me: A Two Moms’ Sperm Donation Story - Kimberly Kluger-Bell (2014)
The Pea That Was Me: A Two Dads’ Egg Donation and Surrogacy Story - Kimberly Kluger-Bell (2014)
Two Dads: A Book About Adoption - Carolyn Robertson (2014)
The Purim Superhero - Elisabeth Kushner (2013)
What Makes a Baby – Cory Silverberg (2013)
Living the Dream: With Mommy and Mama - Clifford Greenberg (2013)
Gal and Noa’s Daddies - Shosh Pinkas (2013)
The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Mama Bear, Mommy Bear, & Baby Bear - Beth McMurray (2012)
Donovan’s Big Day - Leslea Newman (2011)
A Tale of Two Mommies - Vanita Oelschlager (2011)
The Lopez Family: Science Fair Day - Cheril N. Clarke and Monica Bey-Clarke (2011)
Keesha and Her Two Moms Go Swimming - Cheril N. Clarke and Monica Bey-Clarke (2011)
Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy with Two Daddies: Carla Lewis-Long (2011)
A Tale of Two Daddies – Vanita Oelschlager (2010)
The Wildest Dream - Brian J. Tessier (2010)
In Our Mother’s House – Patricia Polacco (2009)
Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? - Crystal Tompkins (2009)
Mommy, Mama, and Me - Leslea Newman (2009)
Daddy, Papa, and Me - Leslea Newman (2009)
My Mommy is a Boy - Jason Martinez (2008)
The Different Dragon - Jennifer Bryan (2006)
Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story - Kaitlyn Taylor Considine (2005)
Antonio’s Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio - Rigoberto González (2005)(Bilingual)
Flying Free - Jennifer C. Grey (2004)
Molly’s Family – Nancy Garden (2004)
While You Were Sleeping - Stephanie Burks (2004)
Felicia’s Favorite Story - Leslea Newman (2002)
Best Best Colors: Los mejores colores - Eric Hoffman (2002)
ABC: A Family Alphabet Book - Bobbie Combs (2001)
Mama Eat Ant, Yuck! - Barbara Lynn Edmonds (2000)
Saturday is Pattyday – Leslea Newman (1993)
Heather Has Two Mommies - Leslea Newman (1989)

Families Today: LGBT Families - H.W. Poole (2017)
LGBTQ Families: The Ultimate Teen Guide (2013)
Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents – Tina Fakhrid-Deen (2010)
How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent - Judith E. Snow, MA (2004)

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island - Dana Alison Levy (2016)
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher - Dana Alison Levy (2015)
Riding the Rainbow - Genta Sebastian (2015)
Playground: A Mostly True Story of a Former Bully - Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Laura Moser (2012)
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun - Jacqueline Woodson (2010)
Luv Ya Bunches - Lauren Myracle (Flower Power Series) (2010)
The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang - Amy Ignatow (Series) (2010)
Between Mom and Jo - Julie Anne Peters (2006)
Box Girl - Sarah Withrow (2001)
Holly’s Secret - Nancy Garden (2000)

Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet - Natalie Perry (2017)
Queerspawn in Love – Kellen Kaiser (2016)
A List of Things That DIdn’t Kill Me - Jason Schmidt (2015)
Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father – Alysia Abbott (2013)
Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad - Alison Wearing (2013)
Riding Fury Home: A Memoir - Chana Wilson (2012)
My Two Moms – Zach Wahls (2012)
Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood - Melissa Hart (2009)
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic - Alison Bechdel (2007)
Dress Codes- Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine - Noelle Howey (2002)

Who’s Your Daddy?: And Other Writing on Queer Parenting – Rachel Epstein (2009)
And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents, and Our Unexpected Families - Susan Goldberg and Chloë Brushwood Rose (2009)
Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up w/ Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents – Noelle Howey and Ellen Samuels (2000)
Different Mothers: Sons and Daughters of Lesbians Talk about their Lives - Louise Rafkin (1990)

Books with Interviews
Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, & Their Children in the United States since WWII - Daniel Winunwe Rivers (2013)
Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents – Tina Fakhrid-Deen (2010)
Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell it Like it Is – Abigail Garner (2004)
How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent - Judith E. Snow, MA (2004)
Sons Talk About Their Gay Fathers Life Curves - Andrew Gottlieb (2003)
Growing Up in a Lesbian Family: Effects on Child Development - Fiona L. Tasker and Susan Golombok (1997) (UK)
‘What about the Children?’: Sons and Daughters of Lesbian and Gay Parents Talk abut Their Lives - Lisa Saffron (1996) (UK)
Whose Child Cries: Children of Gay Parents Talk About Their Lives - Joe Gantz (1983)

Art Books and Projects
“The Kids” - Gabriela Herman (2015)
Book of photography being published in 2017!
“Families on Stage” - Amber Davis Tourlentes (2002-2005)
Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and their Families – Gigi Kaeser (1999)

Theatrical Script
queerSpawn - Mallery Avidon (2014)

Comics and Graphic Novels

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic - Alison Bechdel (2007)
AJ and Magnus - Bryan and Simon Steel (2014 - present)
America - Marvel Comics - Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones (2017)


From This Day Forward – Sharon Shattuck (2015)
Gayby Baby - Maya Newell (2015) (Australia and Fiji)
Queer Spawn – Anna Boluda (2006)
All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise - Shari Cookson (2006)
In My Shoes - Created by COLAGE (2005)
Our House: Kids of Lesbian and Gay Parents - Meema Spadola (2004)
Myth of Father - Paul Hill (2003)
All About My Father - Even Benestad (2002) (Norway)
Southern Comfort - Kate Davis (2001)


“I am queerspawn” TedTalk – Maya Newell (2016)
“A Father and Son on Coming Out" - NPR (2016)
"NAME CHANGE" - Sharon Shattuck (2012)

I Too Had a Closet - Stephanie Cenedella (2017)
My Two Moms - Marianella Orlando (2017)
Breaking the Horse - Kerry Cullen (2016)
What Am I Supposed to Call My Dad's Ex-Boyfriend? A Modern Woman's Dilemma - Elizabeth Collins (2016)
Here’s What It’s REALLY Like Having a Transgender Parent: An 8th grader shares her personal experiences - Brynn Tannehill (2016)
People Share Their Favorite Things About Having Two Moms - Sarah Karlan (2016)
No Longer Second Class - Sacha Finn (2015)
Learning to Be a Man When You’re Raised By Two Moms - Zach Wahls (2015)
Talking with Grown Kids of Gay Parents - E.J. Graff (~2015)
Real Families: Beyond the 20/20 Sound Byte - Danielle Silber (2014)
What People Need to Understand about Growing Up With Two Moms - Anna Thöne (2014)
What It’s Like To Be the Gay Children of Gay Parents - Jarett Wieselman and Claire Pires (2014)
My Father is a Butch Dyke: A Queerspawn Reflection After Father’s Day - Cyree Jarelle Johnson (2013)
From Humiliation to Appreciation - Annie Chagnot (2013)
The Great Mystery of Straight People - Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (2013)
To All the Colleges Who May Never Get a Chance to Reject Me: From the Poor Black Kid With Two Moms - Angela Onwuachi-Willig (2013)
I Got Gay Married in First Grade - Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (2013)
What’s It Like Growing Up with a Transgender Parent?: Sharon Shattuck Knows - Gina (2012)
‘NAME CHANGE’ - Sharon Shattuck (2012)
‘Evan’s Two Moms’ Revisited 20 Years Later - Evan Casper-Futterman (2012)
O Pioneers! - Benjamin Anastas (2011)
Queerspawn - Planned Parenthood LGBTQ Resources (2010)
'Gayby boom': Children of gay couples speak out- John Blake (2009)
With Change, Acceptance is Key: Two Brothers Share How They Coped When Their Father Decided to Become a Woman - Lane DeGregory (2007)
The Second Generation - David Kirby (1998)

Bourdon, T. (2013). A phenomenological study of non-LGBT students with LGBQ parents (Doctoral dissertation). Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Davis, S. (2014). Implicit expectations about intimacy and romantic relationships for adult children of gay and lesbian parents (Doctoral dissertation). California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.
Fitzgerald, T. J. (2010). Queerspawn and their families: Psychotherapy with LGBTQ families. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 14(2), 155-162.
Goldberg, A. E. (January 01, 2007). (How) does it make a difference? Perspectives of adults with lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents. The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77(4), 550-562.
Goldberg, A. E., Kinkler, L. A., Richardson, H. B., & Downing, J. B. (January 01, 2012). On the border: Young adults with LGBQ parents navigate LGBTQ communities. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59(1), 71-85.
Hart, M. (November 01, 2005). Meet the ‘Queerspawn’. Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, 12(6), 32-33.
Istar, L. A. (January 01, 2010). How queer!--the development of gender identity and sexual orientation in LGBTQ-headed families. Family Process, 49(3), 268-290.
Kosciw, J. G., Diaz, E. M., Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network., COLAGE., & Family Equality Council. (2008). Involved, invisible, ignored: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children in our nation’s K-12 schools. New York, NY: GLSEN.
Kuvalanka, K. A. (2007, January). Coping with heterosexism and homophobia: Young adults with lesbian parents reflect on their adolescence. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Kuvalanka, K. A., & Goldberg, A. E. (2009, August). “Second generation” voices: Queer youth with lesbian/bisexual mothers. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(7), 904-919.
McKnight, M. (2016). Queerspawn on the couch: A guide for clinicians working with youth and adults with LGBT parents. Columbia Social Work Review, 7, 11-18.
Roskos, T. (2012). Intimate relationships of adults raised in same-sex families. (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.
Welsh, M. G. (January 01, 2011). Growing up in a same-sex parented family: The adolescent voice of experience. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 7, 49-71.