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Raised by Unicorns
Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents
Frank Lowe
ISBN: 9781627782562
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
5 x 8
216 pages
June 12, 2018


“How lucky are we to have fought hard enough and lived long enough to hear the voices of the children of LGBTQ+ parents?! Frank Lowe has never been the type to shy away from the truth. And in Raised by Unicorns, this wonderful collection of insights about growing up with LGBTQ+ parents, there are so many inspiring truths are waving their flag so proudly.” —Dan Bucatinsky, author of Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight

"Frank candidly explores the most intimate parts of growing up in an LGBTQ+ household. I am honored to recommend this book to ALL parents as an important work in understanding one of the most unique and profound parts of the LGBTQ+ experience as it relates to all families, tolerance, and—most importantly—love.” —Greg Berlanti, writer, producer, director

"Lowe promotes parent/child pride across the spectrum of sexual orientations and lifestyles, basically championing what many skeptical conservatives purport to cherish and defend: loving, trusting, affectionate and instructive households." --David Herrle, Bookolage

"Raised by Unicorns illuminates a single category in a brilliant multiplicity of ways: through the honest, matter-of-fact, but always riveting voices of kids with queer parents. I can't wait to share it with my own kids, as my marginalization is now, I understand, woven from the same fabric as theirs." —Candace Walsh, author of Greetings from Janeland: Women Write More About Leaving Men for Women

In recent years, the world has been saturated by endless blogs, articles, and books devoted to the subject of LGBTQ+ parenting. On the flip side, finding stories written by the children of LGBTQ+ parents is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Now that the world is more accepting than ever of non-traditional families, it’s time to create a literary space for this not-so-unique, shared, but completely individual experience.

In Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents, Frank Lowe has carefully edited an anthology that reflects on the upbringing of children in many different forms of LGBTQ+ families. From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, it features diverse stories that express the distinctiveness of this shared journey and of each particular family. It’s visceral, raw, and not always pretty, but love is always the common thread.

Lowe candidly reveals true accounts of this particular niche of humanity, while simultaneously creating a moving snapshot of the world in which we live. Raised by Unicorns guides the reader through an empathetic journey that is nothing short of compelling and poignant. We’ve all heard the phrase “raised by wolves.” Now we have a window into the complex world of being Raised by Unicorns.

Frank Lowe is a gay, divorced, 42-year-old dad, who is best known for his acerbic handle on Twitter and Instagram (@GayAtHomeDad). He has been featured in The Advocate and on HuffPost, Gays with Kids, OUT, OZY, CNN, and CBS, and he edited Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents. His goal is to bring attention to the world of gay parenting while raising his precocious 10-year-old son.
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