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This groundbreaking collection of writing brings vital and refreshing insights into current discussions about queer parenting, blending narrative and academic voices from Canada, the United States, England and Australia. The contributors are parents, prospective parents, writers, academics, lawyers, activists, health care professionals and—most significantly—queer spawn, the children of LGBTQ parents. The themes represented in these 40 essays include butches raising sons; queer youth as parents; trans experience in fertility clinics; legal and historical reflections; bisexuality and adoption; race relations in the family; heteronormativity in queer family kids' books; class issues within families; dealing with infertility; polyamory and parenting; discussions with sperm donors, single moms, gay dads; developments in reproductive technologies; rural and urban experience; and reflections on the meanings of biology and of "queer" parenting.

"Whos Your Daddy?" is a timely and dynamic collection that offers offers an honest exploration of the diversity that exists within queer families and a broader understanding of the complex issues that concern both queer parents and their children. These writings make a profound contribution to queer parenting discourse, looking at issues that have been previously unaddressed and introducing new and vibrant perspectives.

"Whos Your Daddy?" not only contains a wealth of information for new parents and those thinking of becoming parents but also provides invaluable information for counsellors, health care workers, social workers and human resource professionals. Website resources and recommended readings are provided and boxed information highlights support groups and organizations.

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Rachel Epstein has been a queer parenting activist, educator, and researcher for close to twenty years and coordinates the LGBTQ Parenting Network at the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario. She has published on a wide range of queer parenting issues, including assisted human reproduction, queer spawn in schools, butch pregnancy, and the tensions between queer sexuality, radicalism, and parenting. Rachel is the 2008 winner of the Steinert Ferreiro Award (Community One Foundation), recognizing her leadership and pivotal contributions towards the support, recognition, and inclusion of queer parents and their children in Canada.

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Editorial Review

Postmodern indeed. As a single Black lesbian mother, I assumed that a resource like this wouldn't yet exist. On searching, I discovered a literary road map to queer parenting and family that is current, diverse and mini-encyclopedic in its breadth. Reading this work made me feel as though I had added to my family of choice.

— Ruth Cameron, The Feminist Review
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Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein has been a queer parenting activist, educator, and researcher for close to twenty years and coordinates the LGBTQ Parenting Network at the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario. She has published on a wide range of queer parenting issues, including assisted human reproduction, queer spawn in schools, butch pregnancy, and the tensions between queer sexuality, radicalism, and parenting. Rachel is the 2008 winner of the Steinert Ferreiro Award (Community One Foundation), recognizing her leadership and pivotal contributions towards the support, recognition, and inclusion of queer parents and their children in Canada.
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Tobi Hill-Meyer

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Diane Flacks

Diane Flacks is a writer/actor. Her plays include Bear With Me; Random Acts; Myth Me; Waiting Room; By a Thread; Gravity Calling; Luba, Simply, Luba and Theory of Relatives, as well as SIBS and Care with Richard Greenblatt. Diane also writes extensively for TV (among others, Working the Engels, Workin’ Moms, Baroness von Sketch Show, Qanurli and Kids in the Hall). She has been the national parenting columnist for CBC Radio, and a contributor to DNTO and Tapestry. She was a feature columnist for the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. Diane has performed comedy everywhere from New York’s Town Hall to local bars to the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Her four solo shows have toured nationally and internationally. She is currently developing a one-?person play called Guilt and a play with the Stratford Festival called Blessed. She has numerous acting credits over twenty-?five years in the business, and in 2019 she played Nathan in Nathan the Wise at Stratford.

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Joanna Radbord

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Laurie Bell

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christina starr

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Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth is the author of Ten Good Seconds of Silence. A Toronto-based writer whose fiction had been published in literary journals and anthologies across Canada, she has also written for CBC Radio, magazines, academic journals, and video. Elizabeth is an editor with Fireweed Journal and the founder and curator of a monthly literary reading series. She has a master's degree in education and counselling psychology from the University of Toronto.

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Shelley M. Park

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David Rayside

David Rayside is a professor in the Department of Political Science and an associate of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of  Queer Inclusions, Continental Divisions: Public Recognition of Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States.
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Eamon Somers

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Lois Fine

Lois Fine

Lois Fine has been widely published in anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and journals across various genres. Her article “Outlaw Moms,” first published in NOW Magazine and later in the anthology Who’s Your Daddy?, documents her and others’ successful Ontario charter challenge regarding queer parenting. Lois lives in Toronto.
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Makeda Silvera

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Aviva Rubin

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Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr

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Suzanne Pelka

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Derek P. Scott

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Syrus Marcus Ware

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. Syrus's work explores social justice frameworks and black activist culture. Syrus is a core-team member of both Black Lives Matter Toronto and Blackness Yes!/Blockorama. Syrus has won several awards, including the TD Diversity Award in 2017. Syrus is a PhD candidate at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

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Nancy Nicol

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Chris Veldhoven

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LGBT Family Coalition

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Allison Eady

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Serena Patterson

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N. Gitanjali Lena

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Karleen Pendleton Jimenez

Karleen Pendleton Jimenez is the author of Lambda Literary Awards finalists Are You a Boy or a Girl? and How to Get a Girl Pregnant, Tomboys and Other Gender Heroes, and numerous short stories and essays. She wrote the award-winning animated film Tomboy, and has been recognized by the American Library Association and the Vice Versa Awards for Excellence in the Gay and Lesbian Press. She teaches education, gender, and social justice at Trent University. Raised in Los Angeles, she lives in Toronto with her partner and daughter.

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Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin in 1969, EMMA DONOGHUE is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge, England, before moving to Canada’s London, Ontario. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (The Wonder, SlammerkinLife MaskThe Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Akin, Stir-FryHoodLanding). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards.

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Melissa Hart

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Alessandra (Alex) Iantaffi

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Becky Idems

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Adinne Schwartz

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Jamie K. Evans

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Jaime Grant

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Cindy Holmes

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Anne Fleming

Anne Fleming is the author of Pool-Hopping and Other Stories (shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award and the Governor General’s Award), and Anomaly and Gay Dwarves of America. She is a long-time and highly regarded teacher of creative writing who has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Douglas College, Kwantlen University College and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She lives in Vancouver. The Goat is her first full-length work for young readers.

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Julie Mooney-Somers

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Scott Andersen

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Maura Ryan

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Single Moms Group

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Thom Vernon

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