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New children’s book supports ‘invisible’ same-sex parents in Peru

New children’s book supports ‘invisible’ same-sex parents in Peru

Camila tiene dos mamas

The first Peruvian children’s book featuring same-sex parents will be unveiled on September 30.

Written by activist Veronica Ferrari, ¿Camila tiene dos mamás? (Camilla has two moms?) tells the story of a 9-year-old girl who lives with her two mothers, Lucia and Patricia, and her one-eyed dog. 

The book ‘seeks to make visible all these families of lesbian mothers and of gay fathers existing in Peru, but who are not recognized nor protected,’ the author explained, speaking to TeleSUR.

When Camila starts a new school, her classmate doesn’t understand her family set up, making the young girl feel like an outcast.

All the parents and children at the school start talking about her, and she is called to the Principal’s office as rumors start to spread.

Luckily, a happy ending prevails: Camila’s mothers explain that love ties their family together.

‘For half of the books (we sell), LGBT families will buy it, the other half, it will be conservative groups that threatened to burn it,’ said Ferrari, speaking to TeleSUR

‘After the significant participation in the last Gay Pride we started thinking there must be many homosexual parents that need to themselves reflected in these kind of stories.’

She added: ‘We want to tell them they are not alone and that living with dignity implies being prepared to be visible and confront the consequences with love and courage, and this way helping the fight against discrimination.’

The book is being published by independent publishing house, El Armario De Zoe (Zoe’s Closet), which generates content for LGBTI people in Peru, as well as the wider community.

‘These stories are universal and anyone can identify with them,’ the publishers’ Facebook page explains.

‘We are committed to sharing the experiences of minorities, and getting the word out to more people, especially young boys and girls looking for material relating to their lives and their problems; who want to see a reflection of themselves, but can’t find anything.’

‘We want to contribute to a fairer, more dignified, better country and believe that books are a great way to do it.’

Same-sex relationships are not currently recognized by law in Peru, after the most recent attempt to pass the Civil Unions Bill was officially shelved in April 2015.

Joint adoption by same-sex couples is not possible, and lesbians cannot access IVF if they want to have children.