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Queer Families, Queer Politics : Challenging Culture and the State - Mary Bernstein

Queer Families, Queer Politics

Challenging Culture and the State

By: Mary Bernstein (Editor), Renate Reimann (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th April 2001
ISBN: 9780231116909
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This is the first book about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families that connects issues of gender, sexuality, and the family with the broader issues of social movements, politics, and law.

Chapters address the themes of visibility, transgression, and resistance, as well as the intersection between the personal and political in the contexts of relationships, parenthood, and political activism. Giving special attention to families of color, immigrant, and poor families, the authors examine the risks entailed in coming out and the significance of class, race, and sexual and gender identity in this process. Parenting also creates dilemmas of visibility as queer families negotiate malls and schools as well as the medical, legal, and political institutions that regulate their families.

This book explores how heteronormative and class assumptions influence state polices on parenthood, adoption, and relationships between adults, to question whether the law can meet the needs of queer families. Also discussed is how queer family politics are com-plicated by bisexuality, nonmonagamy, and gender nonconformity.

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of particular value in this readable book are chapters on Asian American, Mexican immigrant, African American, and Native American Families Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Queer Families and the Politics of Visibilityp. 1
A Member of the Funeral: An Introspective Ethnographyp. 21
Weddings Without Marriage: Making Sense of Lesbian and Gay Commitment Ritualsp. 44
"We Can See Them, But We Can't Hear Them": LGBT Members of African American Familiesp. 53
Talking Freaks: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families on Daytime Talk TVp. 68
One Man's Story of Being Gay and Dine (Navajo): A Study in Resiliencyp. 87
Communicating Our Relationships
Family Secrets, or ... How to Become a Bisexual Alien Without Really Tryingp. 104
A Place Called Home: A Queer Political Economy of Mexican Immigrant Men's Family Experiencesp. 112
Constituting Nonmonogamiesp. 137
Communication in "Asian American" Families with Queer Members: A Relational Dialectics Perspectivep. 152
Becoming Parents
Affording Our Families: Class Issues in Family Formationp. 175
Should Lesbians Count as Infertile Couples? Antilesbian Discrimination in Assisted Reproductionp. 182
Protecting Our Parent-Child Relationships: Understanding the Strengths and Weaknesses of Second-Parent Adoptionp. 201
"My Daddy Loves Your Daddy": A Gay Father Encounters a Social Movementp. 221
Alma Mater: Family "Outings" and the Making of the Modern Other Mother (MOM)p. 231
Lesbian Mothers at Workp. 254
"Aside From One Little, Tiny Detail, We Are So Incredibly Normal": Perspectives of Children in Lesbian Step Familiesp. 272
Political Activism
The Marrying Kind?
Building Common Ground: Strategies for Grassroots Organizing on Same-Sex Marriagep. 293
"What If?" The Legal Consequences of Marriage and the Legal Needs of Lesbian and Gay Male Couplesp. 306
Take My Domestic Partner, Please: Gays and Marriage in the Era of the Visiblep. 338
Defense, Morality, Civil Rights, and Family: The Evolution of Lesbian and Gay Issues in the U.S. Congressp. 358
Gender Transgressions and Queer Family Law
Political Organizing and the Limits of Civil Rights: Gay Marriage and Queer Familiesp. 379
Transgenderism and Sexual Orientation: More Than a Marriage of Convenience?p. 397
Gender, Queer Family Policies, and the Limits of Lawp. 420
List of Contributorsp. 447
Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9780231116909
ISBN-10: 023111690X
Series: Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 15th April 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.7  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.75

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