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Gay Lives, No Longer Taboo In Children's Books

Perhaps the final sign that gay rights are here to stay, at least in the West, is the growing number of children's books with gay protagonists.

Gay Lives, No Longer Taboo In Children's Books
Patricia Kolesnicov

BUENOS AIRES Social changes may start out as shocking before, sooner or later, they become norms you can even tell your children about. That seems to be happening with gay relations and gay parenting, topics that are increasingly present in children's literature, at least in some Western countries, including Argentina.

There is, for example, the story of Paula, a little girl who loves the number two and has two of everything, including two moms. She is the protagonist of Paula tiene dos mamás, the Spanish version of Heather has Two Mommies, originally written in 1989 by U.S. author Leslea Newman. An earlier pioneer in the field was U.S. author Charlotte Zolotow, who wrote William's Doll in 1972, about a little boy who wants a doll. These were just two of the books in recent decades that questioned established ideas about gender roles, sexual preference and family composition.

It has been a long and arduous progression that has not been indifferent to personal conflicts. Paula cries when she learns she has no dad. The author said she thought of writing the book when a friend who lived with another woman and an adopted daughter told her they could never read their child a book that showed their type of family, and "someone should write one." Newman decided she would.

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