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What Makes A Family? How Female Extended Kin Impact and Participate in the Lives of Gay Co-Father Families

Diana M. Pash

UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families
Working Paper No. 54


This working paper examines the relationships between gay co-fathers families and their female extended kin, both biological and chosen. Audiotaped interview data are analyzed with a focus on how female kin impact and participate in the families' routine lives. Preliminary analysis reveals that gay co-father families value ties with extended, female kin (such as sisters, mothers, aunts, and foster or adoptive family members), that extended female kin routinely participate in the lives of gay co-father families, and that gay co-fathers often face prejudice and homophobia from some of these family members.

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