Answer Your Child’s Questions about LGBT Families

Rainbow Relatives Helps Parents Support and Educate Their Kids

Sometimes it’s a challenge for parents, caregivers, uncles, aunts, teachers, and other trusted adults to find the language to speak about LGBTQ+ topics with children. Now there’s a new book out that offers real-world stories and advice on how to talk to kids about LGBTQ+ families and friends. Titled Rainbow Relatives, author Sudi (Rick) Karatas has written a light-hearted and entertaining guide that outlines methods to discuss LGBTQ topics with children in inspiring, authentic, and humorous ways.

Karatas collected heart-warming stories to help answer questions like, “How come Uncle Bill doesn’t have a girlfriend?”, “Do Aunt Lucy and Doreen sleep in the same bed?”, and “How can both those guys be Cindy’s dads?”.

Film-maker Del Shores (Sordid Lives), speaks of raising two daughters as a gay dad, Bruce Vilanch (Hollywood Squares) talks about being “Godfather to 40 kids”, country singer Chely Wright speaks about some of the battles still being fought, and another woman recalls how she explained to her children that their father is gay.

While there’s a comedic side to the various chapters in the book, many serious issues are also discussed, such as bullying and the importance of accepting all people and families. The author’s book helps parents support, advocate for, and educate their children.

This is Karatas’ debut book. He has written many screenplays, songs, and sketches and loves writing just about anything. He co-wrote the feature film, Walk a Mile in My Prada’s and the screenplay for Charlie’s Dream, an inspirational family film.

Rainbow Relatives is available online at, Barnes and Noble, and The Tattered Cover.