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Williams Institute Reading Room: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resources in Law and Public Policy: Parenting

A guide to resources in the Williams Institute Reading Room, part of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law.

Parenting memoirs

Parenting 2020 -

Parenting 2010 - 2019

Parenting 1990-2009

Parenting, Older Titles

Family values: a lesbian mother's fight for her son.  Phyllis Burke.  (Vintage, 1994) HQ75.53 .B87 1994

Lesbian mothers: accounts of gender in American culture. Ellen Lewin. (Cornell University Press, 1993) HQ75.53 .L49 1993.  Also eBook: Lesbian Mothers.

Lesbians and gay men as foster parents. Wendell Ricketts. (University of Southern Maine, 1991) HQ759.7 .R53 1991

River of promise: two women's story of love and adoption.  Judy Dahl.  (LuraMedia, 1989) HQ75.53 .D35 1989

Gay and lesbian parents.  Edited by Frederick W. Bozett.  (Praeger, 1987) HQ76.3.U5 G36 1987

Politics of the heart: a lesbian parenting anthology.  Edited by Sandra Pollack and Jeanne Vaughn.  (Firebrand Books, 1987) HQ75.53 .P64 1987 *At Young Research Library.

By her own admission: a lesbian mother's fight to keep her son. Gifford Guy Gibson, with the collaboration of Mary Jo Risher.  (Doubleday, 1977) HQ75.5.R57 G5

Parenting Films

Living Adoption: Gay Parents Speak. (PhotoSynthesis Productions and the Human Rights Campaign, 2010). DVD HV875.715 L58 2010  *View trailer  Documentary.

Interview with Nanette Gartrell. (Qualitative Research Channel, 2010). DVD HQ777.8 .G38 2010b; About Dr. Nanette Gartrell (principal researcher, National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study)

Off and running: an American coming of age story. Nicole Opper. First Run Features, 2009. DVD E185.93.N56 O34 2009 White Jewish lesbian moms create a family through transracial adoption. Link to the film web site and watch the trailer here; POV website (includes update). Also streaming via Alexander Street(UCLA only). 

Mommy Mommy; directed by Sylvie Rosenthal.  Rezolution Pictures Intl., 2007. DVD HQ75.53 .M65 2007 Lesbian couple creating a family in Canada.

We are Dad; produced/directed by Michel Horvat.  Indie-Pictures, 2006. DVD HV875.72.U6 W43 2006 

Mom's Apple Pie: The heart of the lesbian mothers' custody movement.  Frameline, 2006. DVD HQ75.53 .M655 2006.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Daddy & Papa; a film by Johnny Symons; New Day Films, 2002.  DVD HQ75.28.U6 D33 2002 Link to the film web site here. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).


See also the parenting/family sections of national LGBT rights organizations, such as HRC, Lambda Legal, NCLR, & The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.


Gay fathers with children adopted from foster care: understanding their experiences and predicting adoption outcomes. Shawnee Dove Braun (UCLA, Psychology, 2006). LD791.9.P9 B738 2006 *At SRLF; also available electronically (UCLA users only.)