(born 1975 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American author and advocate for children with same sex parents.
Abigail Garner is the creator of FamiliesLikeMine.com, a website for LGBT families. Her writing has appeared in publications throughout the country, including a commentary in Newsweek
that earned her the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She also presents lectures and workshops on LGBT families for colleges, businesses, and conferences. She is a graduate of Minneapolis Public Schools and Wellesley College and currently lives in Minneapolis.
Garner is also a speaker, author and educator who is dedicated to a future of equality for LGBT families and communities. She speaks from her own experience of having a gay father who came out to her when she was five years old. Bringing voice to a population of children that is often overlooked, Abigail has been featured on CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and National Public Radio. She is the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is
Her book is a complication of interviews from more than 50 children of GLBT parents.
The appearance of her essay, "Like Father, Like Daughter" in the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Girls
(Dutton, 2007).She has received numerous other awards including the “Best Column” award twice from the Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association. She was also the recipient of The Loft’s Minnesota Writers Career Initiative Grant to “support her outreach/marketing plan for Families Like Mine
to non-traditional audiences.
Her career as an advocate has spawned to multiple national conferences such as Creating Change, Family Week, and Rainbow Families. At the True Colors conference, she gave a defining speech that served as the opening, touching more than 1,000 LGBTA teens, educators, and service providers. She also gave birth to the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Ally College Conference.
Abigail has been an inspirational leader for the LGBT movement in many ways. In the past Abigail served on the board of the Minnesota/St. Paul chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays). In addition, for six years she was on the board for the Twin Cities chapter of COLAGE. COLAGE published her last article in 2007 from “Spawn Talk”, which was a column that she wrote for Just For Us
, a small magazine by and for people with GLBT parents.
To top off all her accomplishments, Abigail has been honored with the Twin Cities International Citizen Award for her persistence to obtaining peace and justice outside the United States and the Rose Rees Peace Award from Minneapolis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Abigail popularized the term "Queerspawn", a term children with gay parents call themselves, coined by Stefan Lynch, first director of COLAGE.