How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay?
Jasmine thinks she's lucky to have three dads--a stepfather, her natural father, and his lover. However, her schoolmates and even teachers find this hard to accept. Jasmine's brother is subjected to name-calling and almost ends up in a fight over his father's lifestyle. At home, the two dads are supportive and understanding, and the children's natural father contacts the principal about it. A special assembly is the result, with a children's counselor discussing different kinds of families. A subplot, featuring a lesbian and her son, speaks nonjudgmentally to the issue of the sexual preferences among the offspring of homosexual parents. This book with a purpose does a good job of raising the issues sensitively and answering the questions reasonably. Scratchy ink drawings depict an African-American family living in an average neighborhood, with the children attending a racially balanced school.
Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Divorce; Step parent; Gay/Lesbian; divorced parents; step father; same-sex parents; gay; gay father; lesbian; lesbian mother; children of gay parents
male child; female child
mother; two fathers
gay males; lesbian female
Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009 Cooperative Children's Book Center
bullying; school assembly; friendship; tolerance; teaching respect
Heron, Ann, "How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay?" (1994). Diverse Families. 135.