"Gayby Boom" Magazine Taking Giant Steps

As people all over the country gather in celebration of lesbian and gay pride, ALTERNATIVE FAMILY MAGAZINE--the national magazine for gay and lesbian parents and their families--proudly announces the expansion of its distribution to major bookstores nationwide.

The magazine made its debut in March of 1998 as a parenting magazine specific to the needs of gay and lesbian parents and their children. Gay-owned and gay-friendly specialty bookstores have been vital to the success of the magazine. With the added availability to major retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Borders and Tower Books, the partners also see an opportunity to reach families in outlying areas of the country.

Research has shown that there are upwards of 6 million children who have a lesbian or gay parent. With the advent of a recent "gayby boom," hundreds of new gay and lesbian families with children are being created each day.

With the added growth in its distribution, the magazine's founder, Kelly Taylor, also announces the addition of Paul Obis to the management team. Obis, who has more than 25 years of publishing experience, will assume the role of publisher, allowing Taylor and managing editor, John Quinlan, to focus on developing the magazine's editorial content and generate the expansion of the magazine's website. The site currently contains extensive GLBT parenting resources and links, online news article links, a kids' page, bookstore and highlights of articles from past issues.

"One of the most encouraging things we're being told by our readers is that this is a magazine that families feel comfortable with--something they can display proudly on their coffee tables, something they're glad to share with their kids," says Taylor. "One of our goals was to establish ALTERNATIVE FAMILY MAGAZINE as a publication for the entire family and, at the same time, educate others about our families."

Evidence of the increasing visibility of GLBT family issues is being seen everywhere, as witnessed by a recent "Advocate" cover story focusing on GLBT family issues. The mainstream media also seems to be taking an interest in gay and lesbian families, with recent articles featured in Chicago Parent and Ladies Home Journal. "Our families are coming to the forefront with the stories and issues that surround us. It's an exciting time as the gay and lesbian community as a whole begins to take notice and offer support for our families in a big way," says Taylor.

"One of the most exciting aspects of the magazine is being able to give voice to the sons and daughters of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered parents," observes Managing Editor John Quinlan. "These remarkable young people never cease to inspire us with their appreciation and support for diversity and the integrity of families in all forms. Already, they're helping to lead the way to a better world."

The magazine's fifth issue, due out in bookstores later this month, features an exclusive excerpt from the new book and touring photo-text exhibit entitled "Love Makes a Family," a thoughtfully-researched piece on homophobic bias in child custody cases, and an inspiring interview with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's Kevin Jennings. The magazine also profiles pioneering local groups, like New York's Center Kids, and Minnesota's Rainbow Families, in addition to providing updates from the national advocacy groups Family Pride Coalition and COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere). Topping off the issue are opinio n pieces, kids' pages, travel tips, health and nutrition information, and news updates.

To subscribe call the ALTERNATIVE FAMILY MAGAZINE subscription hotline at 1-800-256-8519, or write to AFM Publishing, P.O. Box 7179, Van Nuys, CA 91409. For more information, call (818) 909-0314. The magazine can also be found on the web at www.altfammag.com.

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