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

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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.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469626451
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Opens up a largely unexplored history.--Women's Review of Books


Rivers explores how lesbian and gay parents have worked to expand the cultural and legal definitions of family since the 1950s.--Stanford Magazine


An important history of lesbian mothers, gay fathers, and their children.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


In this deeply researched social history of six decades of gay fathers, lesbian mothers, and their children, Rivers seamlessly blends legal materials, oral histories, personal correspondence, and archival materials of grassroots organizations. . . . Essential. All levels/libraries.--Choice


[Rivers's] engaging and well-researched social history argues that the history of lesbian mothers, gay fathers, and their children challenges a foundational American belief that the family is heterosexual and that gays and lesbians are childless. . . . A necessary corrective.--American Historical Review

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