My Family: Providing Children’s Books For The LGBT Market

By Guest Contributor Monica Roberts; originally posted at Transgriot
Monica and Cheril Bey-Clarke

Monica and Cheril Bey-Clarke

When married power couple and business partners Monica and Cheril Bey-Clarke were seeking to become licensed foster parents in New Jersey, they were frustrated by the lack of materials and books available for the children of GLBT parents.The couple featured in a recent “Most Powerful Lesbians” issue of CurveMagazine.decided to step in and fill the void of books and materials for kids of all ages and backgrounds.   They sought by doing so to give the children of same-sex parents a sense of normalcy.  Their goal was also to promote the celebration of our differences, the importance of family values and reinforce the morality being taught in the home.It didn’t hurt that Cheril has been an award winning author, novelist and playwright in the LGBT community for over ten years and Monica has over a decade of experience formulating, creating strategies for and implementing business concepts.

In 2010 they founded My Family! a retail arm of Dodi Press LLC, to provide those books and materials and positive experiences for LGBT parents for generations to come.   The company went international in 2011 and has a website you can purchase their diverse multicultural line of books and products

When Leonard Lost His Spots

As I perused the site and its gender identity section I noted that Cheryl Kilodavis’ My Princess Boy is one of the books for sale on their website in addition to others from a wide array of authors that cover the various aspects of the LGBT community and the issues that would impact the children of same-sex, bi, and trans parents.

One of them was a trans-themed book by writer Monique Costa entitled “When Leonard Lost His Spots.”

So for you parents in the LGBT community looking for some quality books and items for your kids and wanting to circulate your TBLG dollars in the community, may wish to surf by the My Family! website and see what they have to offer.

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    I couldn’t help but smile reading through the titles and reading the summaries.

    …However, one thing that wiped the smile off my face was when I got to the multicultural holiday coloring book: “This coloring book features a wide array of cultures and religious holiday celebrations, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and many more!” Is Ramadan or Eid one of the many more not explicitly mentioned in the title? (Honest question. I can’t tell just from the summary or previews alone.)

    Not that I’d take issue if it’s simply a matter of the holiday(s) not being explicitly mentioned in the summary, but if it’s not included in the book period I would take major issue with that. (Since gay Muslims exist. Ask me how I know.)