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Gay & Lesbian Parenting

Gay & Lesbian Parenting

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Gay & Lesbian Parenting

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  1. Gay & Lesbian Parenting Carolyn R. Fallahi, Ph. D.

  2. Scientific Evidence • What does the scientific evidence say about effectiveness of Gay & Lesbian parenting? • What does the scientific evidence say about the risk to children? • Statistics on the prevalence of Gay & Lesbian Parenting. • 6-9 million children

  3. Gay and Lesbian Parenting • Legal Issues • Increasing social acceptance of diversity in sexual orientation

  4. Gay and Lesbian Parenting • Why become parents? • What concerns do Gay and Lesbian Parents have?

  5. Legal Issues • More Legal issues • Alternative methods for conception • Legal rights for the non-biological parent • State Laws • Attorneys can prepare medical consent and nomination-of-guardian forms. But… • Formal adoption by co-parents on a case-by-case basis

  6. Discrimination? • Legal justification for prejudice? • Need for empirical support for assumptions • Stereotypes and laws that maintain discriminatory practices • Gay versus non-gay fathers – more similarities than differences

  7. Gay and Lesbian Parenting • Lesbian versus heterosexual Mothers • What are the issues?

  8. Gay and Lesbian Parenting • Report similar role conflicts, social support networks, and coping strategies.

  9. Gay and Lesbian Parenting • Children’s Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation • Are there gender issues? • Study looking at 300 children • Differences between Lesbian Mothers & Single, divorced mothers?

  10. Gay and Lesbian Parenting • What is involved with Optimal Parenting ?

  11. Other Differences? • Emotional Health • Parenting Skills • Attitudes towards parenting • Do parents influence the sexual orientation of their children? Longitudinal study

  12. Gender • Is sex & gender the same thing? • Sex • Gender • How we have constructed the category of woman. • What about race & femininity? • Example: KV Switzer & Katherine Deraba. • Gender changes over time. • The feminine body & the language we use.

  13. Are you a feminist? • What is the Feminist Movement all about? • Do men experience any pressure with their bodies? • What is the role of advertisement. • The selling of “woman”. • Is it a profitable relationship?