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ERIC Number: ED377985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 18
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Supporting the Growing Identity and Self-Esteem of Children in Gay and Lesbian Families.
Carter, Margie
Noting that children in gay and lesbian families have many of the same needs as children in other families, this paper provides a rationale for the inclusion of gays and lesbians in early childhood anti-bias practices. The paper begins with an overview of who and what are gay and lesbian families, and discusses why they need to be included in anti-bias practices. The issues examined in the remainder of the paper are: (1) meeting the needs of children in gay and lesbian families, especially helping children develop identity and self-esteem; (2) including gay and lesbian families in the curriculum that emphasizes families as a cornerstone; (3) supporting children's identity formation in cross-gender related play; (4) welcoming and including gay and lesbian parents in early childhood programs; (5) supporting gay and lesbian staff members in the program and profession; and (6) activities and resources for ongoing cultural sensitization for children of gay and lesbian families, parents, and co-workers. Four lists of books appropriate for adults and children are attached, reflecting diversity and issues in family life, including gay and lesbian family life. (BAC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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