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Love Makes a Family

Portraits of LGBT People and their Families

Interviews by Peggy Gillespie
Photos by Gigi Kaeser

Prevent Bullying

Love Makes a Family has been used in schools, colleges, and communities to help create safe environments by developing empathy and caring in students, teachers, and staff members. A remarkable tool, this exhibit has been used to help prevent bullying and address bullying behaviors in thousands of venues world-wide

Love Makes a Family is a museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with families that have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge and change damaging myths and stereotypes about LGBT people and their families.

Love Makes a Family can help prevent bullying behaviors and discrimination.  By encouraging people of all ages – beginning in early childhood – to affirm and appreciate diversity, this traveling exhibit contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance.  Love Makes a Family’s mission is to make the world a safer place for all people.

Designed for audiences of all ages, Love Makes a Family challenges stereotypes about LGBT people and helps dismantle homophobia. The photo-text exhibit consists of ready-to-hang framed photographs and text. The companion book, Love Makes a Family (published by the University of Massachusetts Press) was named the Best Book about Gay and Lesbian Issues by the Association of Independent Publishers.

“When I first wrote Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children’s book to portray a happy loving family of a little girl with two lesbian moms, I had no idea how many families my book would touch and support.  In a similar way, Family Diversity Projects touches people young and old with their ground-breaking exhibitions and books.  Like Heather Has Two Mommies, their exhibits have both caused controversy and educated thousands of people about the moral equality of LGBT people and their families. These marvelous exhibits travel throughout the world to schools, colleges, libraries, community centers, houses of worship, workplaces, statehouses, and conferences.  Wherever they are displayed, the FDP exhibits help to reduce discrimination and bullying of all people who are perceived to be “different,” leading to safer environments for LGBT children and adults.  Simply put, the exhibits are unique tools in the fight to dismantle homophobia and transphobia.”

Leslea Newman, Author, Heather Has Two Mommies