This nonjudgmental, inclusive, and far-reaching text focuses on the diverse patterns of family structure prevalent in our society today. Family Diversity presents empirical research on the internal dynamics, social environments, support factors, prevalence of discrimination, and common stereotypes that account for the issues surrounding current family relations. By examining the history and nature of foster and adoptive, single-parent, lesbian/gay, step- and grandparent family units, Pauline Irit Erera is able to challenge both the idealized family prototype and the hegemony of the traditional structure. 

Lesbian and Gay Families

Lesbian and gay families

Lesbians and gay men are still fighting for acceptance and recognition for a very basic human right: that of sexual orientation. It is only recently that a significant number of lesbian and gay families have come out of the closet, that lesbian and gay couples are claiming the right to live as a family, and that lesbian and gay couples have openly given birth to, adopted, and fostered children, all within the lesbian or gay family unit.

Lesbians and gay families have received little attention in the social work and family studies literature. When discussed in the gender, lesbian and gay, and queer studies literature, it has often been to refute negative stereotypes, addressing such issues as the impact ...

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