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Where are the adult children of LGBTQ parents? A critical review

Where are the adult children of LGBTQ parents? A critical review
Where are the adult children of LGBTQ parents? A critical review
Family researchers have cultivated a keen interest in the lives of individuals raised by gay and lesbian parents. Most of this research, however, focuses on childhood rather than later life stages. We suggest in this critical review that being raised by a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) parent or parents has implications for adulthood and the life course more broadly. The complex landscapes that these individuals navigate, which include families, social networks, communities, regions, and the state, can create ambivalence in both relationships and institutional settings such as school and work. We identify four areas in which the life courses of these adult children become “queered,” even for those who do not identify as LGBTQ themselves: disclosure, discrimination, interpersonal and community relationships, and sexual citizenship. We identify elder care, health, and new nonnormative family formations as important areas for future research.
1756-2570
592-610
Garwood, Eliza
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Lewis, Nathaniel M.
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Garwood, Eliza
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Lewis, Nathaniel M.
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Garwood, Eliza and Lewis, Nathaniel M. (2019) Where are the adult children of LGBTQ parents? A critical review. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 11 (4), 592-610. (doi:10.1111/jftr.12348).

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Family researchers have cultivated a keen interest in the lives of individuals raised by gay and lesbian parents. Most of this research, however, focuses on childhood rather than later life stages. We suggest in this critical review that being raised by a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) parent or parents has implications for adulthood and the life course more broadly. The complex landscapes that these individuals navigate, which include families, social networks, communities, regions, and the state, can create ambivalence in both relationships and institutional settings such as school and work. We identify four areas in which the life courses of these adult children become “queered,” even for those who do not identify as LGBTQ themselves: disclosure, discrimination, interpersonal and community relationships, and sexual citizenship. We identify elder care, health, and new nonnormative family formations as important areas for future research.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 13 November 2019
Published date: December 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 451221
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/451221
ISSN: 1756-2570
PURE UUID: e1daf294-7c8c-4488-8468-d88856a1ea54

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Date deposited: 14 Sep 2021 18:09
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 19:27

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Author: Eliza Garwood
Author: Nathaniel M. Lewis

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