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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Lesbian couples-Decision making, Family planning, Racial mixed children, Children of gay parents, Families, Queer, Race, Sexual orientation, Assisted conception techniques, Sperm banks, Interracial, Lesbian, White, Person of color, Women/women-identified


In this cross-sectional qualitative study the intersection of race and sexual orientation in the family planning process of interracial queer women-identified (IQW) couples was examined. For total participants N = 13. Themes included the affirmative nature of the intentionality of the family planning process for IQW couples as well as the difficulties of assisted conception. Participants spoke to their relationship to their family of origin and their fears and visions regarding their own family formation, related to genetic heritage, language, and traditions. Support systems offered by family of choice and social networks were discussed, specifically the need for community mirroring in regards to identity, resource sharing, and political vision. Emotional processes related to homophobia/heterosexism, racism and social inequity were explored within the context of access to reproductive health care, equitable workplace benefits, and inclusive school and community environments. The capacities, vulnerabilities and resiliencies of this sample in navigating multiple social identities were illustrated. These findings reveal continued need for advocacy, understanding, and further scholarship to support families whose creation process is emotionally, physically, and socially generative.




60 p. : col. ill. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 44-51)