This book has investigated the politics of gay parenthood as it is often experienced in relatively mundane ways by gay men as well as the structural and ideological obstacles that these men encounter in their desire to become parents. It has shown how gay fathers who become parents wrestle with heteronormativity that they encounter in the form of other people's assumptions about heterosexuality. This concluding chapter explores how gay adoptive fathers' presence in society and their interactions with family, friends, and community members may alter ideologies about family in both theoretical and practical terms. It also considers the implications of the book's findings for the work of scholars in fields such as gender and sexuality studies, family studies, social work, and legal studies. Finally, it suggests directions for future research to better understand how gay men conceive their parenting identities and roles amid the rapidly changing but pervasively heteronormative sociopolitical environment.
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