And my contribution for Vivianna Week is the cover for Vivianna's Daddy, the novella that I've written and dedicated to my daughter. 10% of the profits will be contributed in Vivianna's honor to: Our Family Coalition: http://www.ourfamily.org/about/mission_and_history. (Mission Statement
Our Family Coalition promotes the equality and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families with children. We foster community leadership in advocacy efforts that promote social justice.
Our Family Coalition was formed through the 2002 merger of two organizations serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender families – the Berkeley-based Our Family and San Francisco-based All Our Families Coalition (AOFC). Our Family was founded in 1994 by a group of East Bay lesbian and gay parents with infants as a social/educational organization for LGBTQ families. AOFC was formed in 1996 by and for LGBT families to both provide families with services and referrals that addressed their needs and helped them support each other and to build the resources and structures that enabled LGBT families to advocate for themselves in their communities. Since 2002 we have grown to over 700 member families, with many more participating in our activities and employing our services.
Today Our Family Coalition provides a variety of vehicles for LGBTQ families with children to engage effectively in public education and advocacy efforts that challenge the bias and discrimination that affects them. We aim to reach a diverse grassroots base of LGBT families where they are and engage them in challenging the many societal barriers they face.)
Here's the blurb for Vivianna's Daddy:
Growing up the only thing that Matthew "Matty" Bailey wanted more than his very own Prince Charming was a child of his own. When his best friend Keysha devises a way for him to fulfill at least part of his lifelong dream, Matthew is beyond excited to finally be a daddy. However, the reality of parenting is a lot harder, and way more exhausting, than he'd ever expected.
Praying to a god that he'd stopped talking to the day that he came out of the closet, Matthew asks for help taking care of his daughter, Vivianna. Opening the door, Matthew is shocked to find gorgeous part-time handyman, Christopher Hall, standing on his doorstep, telling him that he's there to help Matthew. Too surprised to do anything but squeak, Matthew lets him in.
What begins as help with household duties, turns into so much more as the two men find out that the depth of their love for Vivianna merely sets the stage for the power of their love for each other.
And here's the cover: