I came across this list of books for children in families with gay  and LGBT parents and thought it might be useful as a resource: Gay-Themed Picture Books for Children. I especially liked the one titled A Family is a Family isBooks for children in gay families a Family that talks about children who tell a teacher what makes their family special and hearing about all different kinds of families – one child is raised by a grandmother, one has two dads, one has a lot of step-siblings, and another has a new baby. Another book called Home At Last talks about a child who didn’t have a home for a long time and is adopted by two dads. There is even a book that delves into the topic of a child conceived through sperm donation called Family Stew. And, another book goes through a family whose child was conceived through surrogacy, Milo’s Adventures: A Story About Love. Other topics include gender nonconformity, AIDS and disease, bullying, cross-dressing, tomboys, and homophobia. There are books in Spanish, French, and many other languages listed in this blog.

The curator of the list cites three purposes of the list – 1) for parents who would like to find books for their children about the experience of being a child in a gay family or having gay family members; 2) for librarians who would like to develop collections; and 3) for counselors and therapists who would like to have books like this in their practices.

For many children, having books like this will give them something to identify with and help them understand that they are not alone or strange or weird. They will also help parents find the words to open discussions with children about topics that might be hard.

My mother instilled in me a love of reading from a very young age. She always believed that a person could learn anything in the world if they know how to read. She loved libraries and book stores, and even buying books at garage sales. She was always reading something.  If my Mom were still here, I’m sure she would want to read these books to help understand what some of the children experience.

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Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client’s difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client’s goals. One judge said of Ms. O’Neil, “She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed, or out-lawyered!”

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Ms. O’Neil became a board-certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1997 and has maintained her certification since that time. While representing clients in litigation before the trial court is an important part of her practice, Ms. O’Neil also handles appellate matters in the trial court, courts of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Lawyers frequently consult with Ms. O’Neil on their litigation cases about specialized legal issues requiring particularized attention both at the trial court and appellate levels. This gives her a unique perspective and depth of perception that benefits both her litigation and appellate clients.

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Ms. O’Neil has been named to the list of Texas SuperLawyers for many years, 2011-2018, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. In 2014-2018, Ms. O’Neil received the special honor of being named by Texas SuperLawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, and Top 100 Lawyers in DFW. She was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2016 and received an “A-V” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories for the highest quality legal ability and ethical standards.

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A noted author, Ms. O’Neil released her second book Basics of Texas Divorce Law in November 2010, with a second edition released in 2013, and a third edition expected in 2015.  Her first book, All About Texas Law and Kids, was published in September 2009 by Texas Lawyer Press. In 2012, Ms. O’Neil co-authored the booklets What You Need To Know About Common Law Marriage In Texas and Social Study Evaluations.  The State Bar of Texas and other providers of continuing education for attorneys frequently enlist Ms. O’Neil to provide instruction to attorneys on topics of her expertise in the family law arena.