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Journal Review OUR HOUSE Special Education Counseling JOURNAL REVIEW OUR HOUSE ABOUT OUR HOUSE What does it mean to grow up with two mothers or two fathers instead of a mother and father What happens when your mother or father leaves a heterosexual marriage for a same sex union Until recently these questions rarely if ever arose But today there are an estimated 2 million gay and lesbian parents raising between 3 and 5 million children Many of these children were born into heterosexual marriages where a parent has since come out recently an increasing number are the adopted or biological children of gay and lesbian singles or couples Their presence is raising public and private debates in courtrooms schools and places of worship around the country offering a new twist to the struggle to define family values According to a journal found in Psychological Journal February 2000 OUR HOUSE was a special about children with one or more gay parents that aired on PBS earlier that same year The article was a frank insightful exploration of the award-winning documentary What does it mean to grow up with gay or lesbian parents The one-hour documentary profiles the sons and daughters - ages five to twenty-three years old - in five diverse families who are facing the usual highs and lows of growing up developing their own feelings about their parents sexuality and encountering a wide variety of reactions from relatives classmates teachers and neighbors THE FAMILIES Five families have opened their homes and speak frankly about the issues that face American families that dont fit the traditional model The featured
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