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Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals Becoming Parents or Remaining Childfree Confronting Social Inequalities by Cara Bergstrom-Lynch
  

Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals Becoming Parents or Remaining Childfree Confronting Social Inequalities

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Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals Becoming Parents or Remaining Childfree Confronting Social Inequalities by Cara Bergstrom-Lynch

This book recognizes that intense public battles are being waged in the U.S. over the rights of LGB people to form legally and culturally recognized families. Their families are under a kind of sociopolitical scrutiny at this historical moment that compels us all to take stock of our strategies of family-building and, more broadly, the meaning of family in the U.S. today. Through in-depth, open-ended, qualitative interviews with 61 self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual people regarding how they came to have children or remain childless/childfree, this book reveals the challenges posed by homophobia and discrimination and showcases the creative strategies, resilience, and resourcefulness of lesbians, bisexuals, and gays as they build families (with or without children) after coming out. From descriptions of how the early process of coming out affected the desire to parent or remain childfree, to stories about the impact of homophobia and discrimination on the decision-making process, to the dynamics within couples that lead to becoming parents or remaining childfree, to examining how cultural notions of the strength of biology are employed when having children, to accounts of how the closet can be used strategically when bringing children into a family, their voices form the heart of this book. In a sociopolitical context in which gay, lesbian, and bisexual people often have to struggle to access the array of rights and opportunities that are afforded to most heterosexual people without question, addressing the questions raised in this book is an urgent and necessary endeavor.

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Deciding to have children is intensely personal and, as Cara Bergstrom-Lynch highlights, also historically and socially shaped.This carefully researched book delves into the stories lesbians, gays, and bisexuals tell about choosing to parent (or not) and how they chose their particular paths to parenthood or nonparenthood. The deeply moving accounts are presented with rich analysis so as to paint a complex picture of the work it takes people to construct their rainbow families. --Karin A. Martin, University of Michigan


About the Author

Cara Bergstrom-Lynch is associate professor of sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Publication date

1st August 2017

Author

Cara Bergstrom-Lynch

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Publisher

Lexington Books

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Sociology: family & relationships


ISBN

9781498521987

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