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LGBT Families

LGBT Families

July 2014 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Part of the SAGE Contemporary Family Perspective series, this book presents a comprehensive yet accessible understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families today by drawing upon and making sense of the burgeoning scholarly literature about LGBT families from the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It pays particular attention to how structures of race, class, gender, sexuality, and age shape LGBT families, and how members of such families negotiate the social landscapes within which they exist. The book will help readers better understand the formation, experiences, challenges, and strengths of LGBT families, and address two main questions: Why are new family forms so threatening to certain groups of people in society? and How are new family forms beneficial to the society in which they exist?

Here is what author Nancy Mezey had to say in a recent interview:

“LGBT people are creating families in a society that simultaneously demonizes and embraces them. With a desire to understand and perhaps deconstruct this rocky terrain, I decided to write LGBT Families, a comprehensive overview based on solid research so that readers can form their own opinions.”


“This book stands in solidarity with all diverse family forms – families that developed out of particular social and economic contexts, and that contribute to the society around them, despite the hardships that some in society may level at them.”

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Series Preface
Preface and Acknowledgments
About the Author
Chapter 1. LGBT Families
Chapter 2. Marriage
Chapter 3. LGBT Parents
Chapter 4. LGBT Youth
Chapter 5. Intimate Partner Violence
Chapter 6. Learning From LGBT Families
Key features


  • Covers families constructed around all four sexual and gender identities with in-depth coverage of the literature on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.
  • Focuses not just on middle-class white families, but also, on a diversity of families based on race, class, and age differences.
  • The multitude of data and research serves as an example for how to make evidence-based arguments, rather than basing conclusions on beliefs or limited experiences.
  • Global Boxes highlight the challenges and successes of LGBT people and their families around the world.
  • Includes suggested films and Internet resources that explore issues raised in each chapter.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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