International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Voices of the Adult Children from Lesbian/Gay Parent Families
Cathryne L. Schmitz, Lacey M. Sloan, Janet M. Wright

The voices of adult children from lesbian and gay parent homes are missing from the literature. This qualitative study begins to fill that gap. Participants reflect on their childhood relationships and experiences, family and community influences, and the impact of these factors on their lives. Gender roles, experiences with oppression, and the need to work against oppression for marginalized groups were discussed. Despite transitional pain, the vast majority of participants assert that there are overall benefits to growing up within a family with a lesbian/gay parent. The findings inform social workers working with lesbian and gay individuals, families, and communities.

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