Pride & Joy Review - by Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt
If you are considering becoming LGBT parents or already are an LGBT family then this book 'Pride and Joy: A guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents' is for you. In addition is serves as an excellent resource for families of LGBT people or professionals alike who would benefit from the non biased and real life stories about how gay, lesbian and transgender people have achieved their family, through many different routes.
Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt’s easy-to-read LGBT parenting guide shows that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to creating their family, but rather many different routes to take, which will hopefully lead to the same outcome - a loving and secure family.
This book features a diversity of stories for whatever your own situation, there’s likely to be a similar one covered, along with inspiration and reassurance that it’s probably all going to work out. And just in case, there are helpful tips at the end if most chapters to provide practical advice, or to prompt further thinking.
Pride and Joy covers the history of LGBT legislation and reminds us how far we have come not only in changes in law but also changes in attitude within the last 25 years. Some will recall a time when non-bio parents were not legally recognised and found difficulties being accepted as parents within schools and hospitals. Thankfully times are changing.
The book also reminds us of the current restrictions and public opinion about the nature of ‘proper’ families. The law still only allows for one or two registered legal parents, which does not always consider ‘donor dads’ or ‘special aunties’. Indeed LGBT families come in all shapes and sizes, which may involve three, four or even more primary parent figures.
Whether you are considering adoption, fostering, donor conception or co-parenting, as a way of creating your family, Pride and Joy is refreshingly honest coverage of parenting options, which is clearly written from past experience and with love, which will help you feel that you are certainly not alone.