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We haven't found a huge range of books specifically for gay fathers, we've listed a few here, otherwise please check out the gay and lesbian parenting books in the GLBT non-fiction section - there are many more books that are gay and lesbian inclusive when it comes to parenting. 

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Robert L. Barret, Bryan E. Robinson - Gay Fathers: Encouraging the Hearts of Gay Dads and Their Families - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Robert L. Barret and Bryan E. Robinson - Authors of : Gay Fathers: Encouraging the Hearts of Gay Dads and Their Families
Hardcover - 224 pages Revised edition (July 2000) 
Jossey-Bass; ISBN: 0787950750

"Gay Parenting Books; Written from a therapeutic and academic perspective and filled with the insights of gay fathers themselves, as well as the authors (Bryan Robinson is a professor of child and family development, Robert Barret a professor and psychologist), Gay Fathers draws on new research to explain the difficulties that gay men face in parenting, and the ways in which their own feelings about their sexuality can affect their relationships with their children. Originally published 10 years ago, this newly revised volume should become a principal resource for social workers, counselors, clergy, and gay dads, offering affirming solutions to problems in step-parenting, the complexities of adoption, and the grief that some men may feel in losing parenting privileges as they leave their straight marriages and come out of the closet. Other topics include gay spirituality, relationships with ex-spouses and with nuclear family, and how to come out to your children. The book features practical, readable, sober advice as well as a call for scientifically sound, longitudinal studies of gay parents and their experiences. - Regina Marler (Amazon.com)"

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J. Drucker - Families of Value: Gay and Lesbian Parents - Click here to read more All Books by Jane Drucker - Author of : Families of Value: Gay and Lesbian Parents
Paperback - 283 pages (1 May, 1998) 
Perseus Books; ISBN: 0306458632

"Gay Parenting Books; Drawing upon stories by and about nearly two dozen families in which gay fathers and lesbian mothers are raising children in a wide variety of settings and styles, the author defines the meaning of family and discusses concerns such as interpersonal relationships, sexual and psychological development."


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Jesse Green - The Velveteen Father : An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Jesse Green - Author of : The Velveteen Father : An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood
Paperback - 256 pages (May 2, 2000) 
Ballantine Books (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0345437098

"Gay Parenting Books; Journalist Jesse Green's delightful memoir makes it quite clear that the pleasures and perils of parenting are always the same--even for a gay 37-year-old man who stumbles into it by falling in love with a person who has an adopted son. As Green puts it in a typically well-turned phrase, "fatherhood trumps gayness," which is to say that heterosexual parents at the playground sometimes find it easier to relate to Green, his boyfriend, Andy, and son, Erez (soon joined by baby brother Lucas), than do the well-buffed, perennially youthful male guests at a Fire Island party--they flinch at the sight of diapers and baby bags. As the author searchingly and intelligently considers what it means to gay people to become parents, and the ways in which it does and does not pull them closer into the mainstream, his narrative is often extremely funny. (Joking about Erez's apparently heterosexual inclinations, Green deadpans, "We tried our best: We played him Judy Garland records and showed him tapes of West Side Story.") A very moving examination of identity and the making of a meaningful adult life that resonates profoundly for people of every sexual orientation. - Wendy Smith (Amazon.com)."

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Suzanne M. Johnson and Elizabeth O'Connor - The Gay Baby Boom: The Psychology of Gay Parenthood - Gay Non-Fiction All Books by Suzanne M. Johnson and Elizabeth O'Connor - Authors of : The Gay Baby Boom: The Psychology of Gay Parenthood
Paperback: 280 pages (February 2002)
New York University Press; ISBN: 0814742610

"Gay Parenting Books; Lesbian Parenting Books; The gay and lesbian community is experiencing a baby boom. Advances in gay rights coupled with increased availability of alternative reproduction techniques have led to an unprecedented number of openly gay and lesbian parents. Estimates are that between 6 and 14 million children in the United States are being raised by at least one parent who is gay. Yet, very little is known about how gay or lesbian headed families function, or whether they differ in any relevant ways from families headed by straight parents. 
Written by two developmental psychologists, The Gay Baby Boom reports the findings of The Gay and Lesbian Family Study, the largest national assessment of gay and lesbian headed families. By asking participants detailed questions about the way they parent, the authors are able to describe for the first time exactly what takes place within gay and lesbian headed families across the county. Traditional research has tended to assume that there is something uniquely different and potentially psychologically damaging about children being raised by gays. The authors draw on their data to show these fears unfounded."


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Kevin McGarry - Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad All Books by Kevin McGarry - Author of : Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad
Paperback: 107 pages ; (June 2003)
Haworth (T) ;ISBN: 1560233885

"Gay Parenting Books; Kevin McGarry does an excellent job of describing the emotional roller-coaster of becoming a single gay adoptive parent. His twice-taken journey has touched many of us, and he has encouraged many gay men to consider how their lives would be enriched as the parent of a little boy or girl. It is frank and revealing and will help prospective gay parents understand the benefits and challenges of parenthood. It also accurately describes the often laborious paperwork process involved in this journey, which can be overwhelming and discouraging at times. This book is an indispensable tool for those who are considering or in the process of adopting as gay parents. Kevin should be commended for putting this very personal journey on paper to share with those who would also want to travel this road. (Review by John M. Coster, PhD - Author Supplied)"

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Kenneth B. Morgen - Getting Simon: Two Gay Doctors' Journey into Fatherhood - Click here to read more All Books by Kenneth B. Morgen - Author of : Getting Simon: Two Gay Doctors' Journey into Fatherhood
Paperback - 225 pages (1 September, 1995) 
Bramble Books US; ISBN: 1883647045

"Gay Parenting Books; Someone once said that a literary classic is a book that captures the essence of its own time, place, and culture while simultaneously transcending those limits to achieve universality. By that definition is already a classic. It is an absorbing inspirational journey into one man's obsession to create a family. Not just a gay book this is a profoundly human testimony to the strength of the human spirit. Overcoming all odds, Dr. Morgen and his life partner, Sam, show us how love caring and unshakable determination can triumph over prejudice and disappointment."

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