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Gay DadsTransitions to Adoptive Fatherhood$
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Abbie E. Goldberg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732236

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732236.001.0001

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Kinship Ties across the Transition to Parenthood

Kinship Ties across the Transition to Parenthood

Gay Men’s Relationships with Family and Friends

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Gay Dads

Abbie E. Goldberg

NYU Press

This chapter examines gay men's changing relationships with their immediate social networks—namely, their family members and friends—during the transition to parenthood. It considers how gay fathers perceive the support (or nonsupport) of families and friends for their adoption plans and parenting efforts. It cites reasons, including those related to homophobia and adoption, that account for families' lack of support for gay men's parenthood aspirations and shows that gay friends are less supportive than straight friends in this regard. The chapter provides evidence of the complex ways that parenthood significantly alters the quality and nature of gay men's social networks.

Keywords:   gay men, social networks, family, friends, parenthood, gay fathers, adoption, parenting, homophobia

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