Is Gay Parenting Bad for Kids? Responding to the ‘Very Idea of Difference’ in Research on Lesbian and Gay Parents

@article{Hicks2005IsGP,
  title={Is Gay Parenting Bad for Kids? Responding to the ‘Very Idea of Difference’ in Research on Lesbian and Gay Parents},
  author={Stephen Hicks},
  journal={Sexualities},
  year={2005},
  volume={8},
  pages={153 - 168}
}
  • S. Hicks
  • Published 1 May 2005
  • Sociology, Art
  • Sexualities
This article examines the claim that children of lesbians and gay men are different to those of heterosexuals, particularly in their gender and sexual identity. The author considers two examples, a UK Christian discourse opposed to all forms of lesbian and gay parenting and a US liberal equality approach, represented by the work of Stacey and Biblarz (2001). Both, the author argues, treat difference as a thing acquired by children. This article examines and disputes the ways in which this idea… 
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  • Psychology
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