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Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States Since World War II (Gender and American Culture)

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In Radical Relations, Daniel Winunwe Rivers offers a previously untold story of the American family: the first history of lesbian and gay parents and their children in the United States. Beginning in the postwar era, a period marked by both intense repression and dynamic change for lesbians and gay men, Rivers argues that by forging new kinds of family and childrearing relations, gay and lesbian parents have successfully challenged legal and cultural definitions of family as heterosexual. These efforts have paved the way for the contemporary focus on family and domestic rights in lesbian and gay political movements.

Based on extensive archival research and 130 interviews conducted nationwide, Radical Relations includes the stories of lesbian mothers and gay fathers in the 1950s, lesbian and gay parental activist networks and custody battles, families struggling with the AIDS epidemic, and children growing up in lesbian feminist communities. Rivers also addresses changes in gay and lesbian parenthood in the 1980s and 1990s brought about by increased awareness of insemination technologies and changes in custody and adoption law.

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In Radical Relations, Daniel Winunwe Rivers offers a previously untold story of the American family: the first history of lesbian and gay parents and their children in the United States. Beginning in the postwar era, a period marked by both intense repression and dynamic change for lesbians and gay men, Rivers argues that by forging new kinds of family and childrearing relations, gay and lesbian parents have successfully challenged legal and cultural definitions of family as heterosexual. These efforts have paved the way for the contemporary focus on family and domestic rights in lesbian and gay political movements.

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Daniel Winunwe Rivers is associate research scholar at the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781469607184
Author:
Rivers, Daniel W.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
radical relations
Subject:
daniel rivers
Subject:
Gay marriage
Subject:
lesbian parents in united states
Subject:
gay parents in united states
Subject:
Children of gay parents
Subject:
children of lesbian parents
Subject:
gay and lesbian history
Subject:
gay political movements
Subject:
lesbian political movements
Subject:
domestic rights /
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , In Radical Relations, Daniel Winunwe Rivers offers a previously untold story of the American family: the first history of lesbian and gay parents and their children in the United States. Beginning in the postwar era, a period marked by both intense repression and dynamic change for lesbians and gay men, Rivers argues that by forging new kinds of family and childrearing relations, gay and lesbian parents have successfully challenged legal and cultural definitions of family as heterosexual. These efforts have paved the way for the contemporary focus on family and domestic rights in lesbian and gay political movements.
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