Between Abnormal “Otherness” to Groundbreaking “Uniqueness”: The Family-Construction Process of the GLBT Family

A. Oren, A. Ben-Ari

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The GLBT family is a new postmodern phenomenon demonstrating the accomplishments of marginal groups seeking acceptance within mainstream society. The article is based on a qualitative phenomenological study conducted in Israel during 2012, providing a theoretical model combining a vast number of GLBT parenting options ranging from surrogacy, sperm donation, adoption, and co-parenting. The research consisted of 50 personal interviews that concentrated on the family experiences of couples of gay men and lesbian woman who opted to bring a child into their families. Analysis of the data points to a process of empowerment where societal norms in respect to gender, parenting, and family are deconstructed and then reconstructed. The theoretical model conceptualizes three parenting challenges that highlight the respondent’s family experience: “Otherness,” belonging, and self-actualization. Research shows that every period of family life addresses a different segment, where one of the three challenges becomes the dominant experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1603-1624
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number11
StatePublished - 18 Sep 2020

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  • GLBT parents
  • family development
  • gender roles
  • same sex families
  • same-sex parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies


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