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Queer Stepfamilies: The Path to Social and Legal Recognition

Katie L. Acosta


This work examines the social and legal experiences of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer stepparent families. The data come from fifty-one interviews with origin and/or stepparents from forty-three different families formed after a heterosexual or same-sex relationship dissolved. Study families lived in eighteen states, with most residing in the South. Respondents became parents in a variety of ways. While the stepparents became parents through their romantic partnerships, the origin parents had a wider range of experiences. Some origin parents became parents as teenagers or in their e ... More

Keywords: relationship dissolution, stepparents, divorce, plural parenting, queer families

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479800957
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479800957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katie L. Acosta, author
Georgia State University