‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ revised, updated

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NEW YORK (AP) – A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the center of community battles over placement in the children’s stacks.

Today, Heather — of “Heather Has Two Mommies” — has a lot more company in books for young kids about different kinds of families, but hers was out of print and seemed visually dated. That’s why creator Leslea Newman decided on a new version, updating the look of her watershed story with fresh illustrations from a new artist and tweaking the text to streamline.

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Clementi family receives gay pride award

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – The mother and brother of an 18-year-old Rutgers University student who committed suicide days after his roommate publicized details of his relationship with another man have received a gay pride award.

NJ.com reports Jane and James Clementi received the Pride Award on Aug. 19 from New Jersey’s Essex County as part of its LGBTQ Pride Month celebration.

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