chapter  Letter 21
Poly Families
WithTara Goldstein, benjamin lee hicks, Jenny Salisbury, Pam Baer
Pages 4

Two of the families that the author and team interviewed in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Families Speak Out project describe their families as poly families. Towards the end of the interview they asked Jess and Evan to talk about how their children's school responded to Jess's transition into the family. Jess talked about possible impact associated with LGBTQ Families Speak Out project and Evan about needing to recognize and legitimize queer and poly families. Both argue that many of the children, youth, and families who are coming into the school system have grown up in a culture of queer acceptance that is different from culture most parents, teachers, and principals grew up in. Some families that teachers will work with are going to be different from their own families. Serving them well will require an openness to difference. In Evan’s words, teachers and schools who haven’t yet worked with LGBTQ families will have to catch up.