Queer Families as Catalysts for Undoing Normativity and (Re)constructing Family

Concurrent Sessions 8

Autumn Bermea, Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Jackie Bible, Hannah Karpman, Ray Petren, Jaycelle Basford-Pequet, Kristen E. Benson, Reihonna L. Frost, Abbie E. Goldberg, Jackie Bible; Discussant: Ramona Faith Oswald; Chair: Brad van Eeden-Moorefield

8:30 AM
9:45 AM
Salon 14
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  • Research
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  • Feminism & Family Studies

About the Session

  • 315-01 - Undoing Normativities and Creating Family: A Queer Stepfamily’s Experience
    By Autumn Bermea, Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Jackie Bible, Hannah Karpman, Ray Petren
  • 315-02 - How Does Race and Sexual Orientation Affect the Family Planning Process of Interracial Queer Women-Identified Couples?
    By Jaycelle Basford-Pequet
  • 315-03 - Unexpectedly Queer: Families with Trans and Gender Expansive Children
    By Kristen E. Benson
  • 315-04 - Adopting Again: A Qualitative Study of Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parents Who Transition to Adoptive Parenthood for a Second Time
    By Reihonna L. Frost, Abbie E. Goldberg
  • 315-05 - “A Spectrum of Possibilities”: Envisioning Family Structures in Queer Known Donor Families
    By Hannah Karpman, Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Autumn Bermea, Jackie Bible

Discussant: Ramona Faith Oswald
Chair: Brad van Eeden-Moorefield


Queer families can be catalysts with potential to undo normativities and larger social structures that support them. However, much less is known about the many intersections represented across queer families and how undoing normativites and family construction processes are engaged. Accordingly, this symposium examines these processes across five different intersections of queer families: stepfamilies headed by a gay male couple, interracial lesbian couple, parents with gender non-conforming youth, queers couples who adopt, and queer parents who used a known sperm donor.


1. To analyze family construction processes used by queer (LGBTQ+)families and how they are influenced by intersectionality

2. To identify the influence of normativities (e.g., heteronormativity, cisnormativity) on queer families.

3. To examine how queer families break free of normativities as a way to (re)construct family in a way that centers the family's experience and needs


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