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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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Public Representations of Gay Parenthood

Public Representations of Gay Parenthood

Men’s Experiences Stepping “Out” as Parents and Families in Their Communities

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Gay Dads

Abbie E. Goldberg

NYU Press

This chapter examines public representations of gay parenthood, with particular emphasis on how gay adoptive fathers manage their multiple, often visible, differences in the context of societal scrutiny and ignorance. It considers the extent to which gay men feel that parenthood makes their sexuality more “visible,” as well as the extent to which those who adopt transracially experience a heightened sense of visibility. It also explores the responses of gay fathers to the increasing visibility of their sexual orientation and family status and shows that gay men often reflect on their public identities as gay fathers. Finally, it discusses presumptions of heterosexuality in relation to assumptions about biological parenthood, along with their implications for gay men's status as adoptive families.

Keywords:   gay men, gay parenthood, sexuality, visibility, gay fathers, sexual orientation, family status, public identities, heterosexuality, biological parenthood

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