is a collection of stories of twenty-four mothers--twelve who found out
a daughter was a lesbian and twelve who learned that a child, once a
biological female, was planning to transition to male--capturing the
complexity of coming to terms with the loss of a daughter who has
changed sex or an anticipated relationship with a daughter, now a
lesbian, who lives in a different world and will lead a different life.
This groundbreaking book will help other mothers as well as lesbian
daughters and FTM transgender children to understand their own mothers,
their changed lives, and their determination to remain connected.
Sarah F. Pearlman was
selected by the American Psychological Association Society for the
Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues as
the recipient of the 2011 Award for Distinguished Professional
Contribution. Employed for many years as an Associate Professor in the
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford,
Sarah is now Associate Professor Emeritus. She lives in Boston and is
active in LGBT elder organizations.
"Sarah Pearlman is one
of the leading lesbian scholars and therapists in the world. She was
one of the first psychologists to address issues facing lesbians, and
has focused on such topics as gender identity, transgender transition,
and feminist therapy for sexual minority women. Her book Mother-Talk,
continues this ground-breaking work by describing the experiences of
mothers whose daughters come out as lesbian or transgender. I found the
interviews riveting. It's clear that the mothers were embarking on just
as radical and challenging a journey as the daughters themselves. This
book will be a classic for all mothers out there wanting to hear from
others who are going through similar experiences." - Esther Rothblum,
Ph.D., Professor of Women's Studies, San Diego State University
Spring 2012 / $24.95 pb / ISBN 978-1-927335-05-5 / 6 x 9 / 234 pp.
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