For many years, my partner Cindy & I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Abbie Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clark University. She has dedicated herself, through the past several years, to legitimizing LGBT families and individuals through research. By quantifying the experiences of LGBT parents and prospective parents, she and her staff are building real statistics that support us, as individuals, and also legitimize our minority to the broader general public. It is research like hers that news outlets sometimes quote, to help people understand that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are perfectly well-adjusted, healthy, loved and happy!
Recently, Abbie has published a new book, available through Amazon. I encourage those interested to check it out, or feel free to email Abbie if you have any interest in possibly participating with her upcoming research projects!
When gay couples become parents, they face a host of questions and issues that their straight counterparts may never have to consider. How important is it for each partner to have a biological tie to their child? How will they become parents: will they pursue surrogacy, or will they adopt? Will both partners legally be able to adopt their child? Will they have to hide their relationship to speed up the adoption process? Will one partner be the primary breadwinner? And how will their lives change, now that the presence of a child has made their relationship visible to the rest of the world?
In Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood, Abbie E. Goldberg examines the ways in which gay fathers approach and negotiate parenthood when they adopt. Drawing on empirical data from her in-depth interviews with 70 gay men, Goldberg analyzes how gay dads interact with competing ideals of fatherhood and masculinity, alternately pioneering and accommodating heteronormative “parenthood culture.” The first study of gay men's transitions to fatherhood, this work will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those in the social sciences to social work to legal studies, as well as to gay-adoptive parent families themselves.
Abbie E. Goldberg, Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
950 Main St.
Worcester MA 01060
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