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Family values/valued families: storytelling and community formation among LBG families with children.

Author: Morrow, C.
Author Background:
Date 10/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity
Volume/Pages 4(4): 345-356
Subject Matter Queers, Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Oppression
Abstract While queer theorists celebrate sexuality as constructed and performed, LBG political activists legitimize their demands for civil rights by claiming that sexual identity is essential, that it is biologically determined. However, stories characteristically told by LBG families with children incorporate both essentializing and performative explanations of sexual identity. Hence, two competing descriptions of sexual identity, one essentialist and the other influenced by theories of social construction, reside together in many LBG family stories. This essay uses rhetorical analysis to examine the ideological juxtaposition in LBG family stories. (Journal abstract.)