publication . Article . 2014

Troubling the family: Ongoing problems of coming out as lesbian or gay to families of origin

Nordqvist, Petra; Smart, Carol;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Legal and social attitudes towards gay men and lesbians have altered considerably in latter years and yet recent research suggests that ‘coming out’ as lesbian and gay may remain a troubled business, especially in one’s own family. Exploring this theme, we situate gay and lesbian identities in wider family networks and explore how gay men and women negotiate family relationships at particular and significant moments in their lives, such as weddings and child birth. In doing so, we draw together three qualitative data sets; the Mass Observation Project and two interview studies exploring same sex commitment ceremonies and lesbian motherhood, all conducted i...
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free text keywords: Childbirth, coming out, family, gay, lesbians, intergenerational relationships, same sex marriage
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