Gay Fathers on the Margins: Race, Class, Marital Status, and Pathway to Parenthood.

Journal Name
Family Relations
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Year Published
Author (Individual)
Carroll, Megan.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
As laws and attitudes have become friendlier to queer families in recent decades, gay fathers have experienced increased visibility in and through both media and scholarship. However, this visibility has been distributed unevenly along normative patterns of marital status, race, class, and kinship. Findings suggest that single gay fathers, gay fathers of color, and gay fathers who had children in heterosexual contexts occupy marginalized statuses within the gay fatherhood community. The experiences of gay fathers on the margins highlight the negative consequences of gay fatherhood discourses that reproduce family normativity. The resources available through gay parenting groups simultaneously played a role in gay fathers' well-being, resilience, and marginalization. (Author abstract modified)

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