Stigma or respect: Lesbian-parented families negotiating school settings

Lindsay, Jo, Perlesz, Amaryll, Brown, Rhonda, McNair, Ruth, de Vaus, David and Pitts, Marian (2006) Stigma or respect: Lesbian-parented families negotiating school settings. Sociology, 40 6: 1059-1077. doi:10.1177/0038038506069845

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Author Lindsay, Jo
Perlesz, Amaryll
Brown, Rhonda
McNair, Ruth
de Vaus, David
Pitts, Marian
Title Stigma or respect: Lesbian-parented families negotiating school settings
Journal name Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0385
Publication date 2006-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0038038506069845
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 40
Issue 6
Start page 1059
End page 1077
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 160805 Social Change
Abstract This article explores the interface between lesbian-parented families and mainstream society through the example of schools. Lesbian-parented families are an increasingly visible family form; they are diverse and complex and raise challenges for heteronormative social institutions. Based on qualitative family interviews with lesbian-parented families in Melbourne, we discuss the dialectic between schools and families. In many heteronormative school contexts family members were stigmatized and burdened by secrecy and fear about their family configuration. However, there were also a significant minority of family members who felt respected, supported and safe within the school environment.These parents and children were out and proud about their families, and schools had responded with acceptance in both the schoolyard and the curriculum. We discuss the contextual factors (including social location and family formation), impacting on and constraining the interface between the families and schools, and point to opportunities for change.
Keyword children
Qualitative Research
Q-Index Code C1

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