Place matters: LGB families in community context

Ramona Faith Oswald, Elizabeth Grace Holman

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Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals and their families are often presumed to live in urban 'gay Meccas' rather than nonmetropolitan and more rural parts of the USA. However, this urban stereotype is simply not true, particularly for LGB-parented families. LGB parents and their children live in a diversity of community settings, and these communities vary in their levels of support for LGB families. The purpose of this chapter is to document what is known about how the daily lives of LGB families are differentially impacted by where they live. Using minority stress theory, we examine the influences of geographical and demographic diversity as well as community climate, which includes legal, religious, political, workplace, and educational dimensions. Furthermore, we discuss how communities can change to be more LGB affirming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLGBT-Parent Families
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations in Research and Implications for Practice
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781461445562
ISBN (Print)9781461445555
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Oswald, R. F., & Holman, E. G. (2013). Place matters: LGB families in community context. In LGBT-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice (pp. 193-208). Springer New York.