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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Gay Parents: A Perspective on the Changing American Family

Contemporary research suggests that as many as one out of every five gay men in the United States has been married. The already complex process of “coming out” may be further complicated in married men and impacts the social and emotional aspects of family relationships. This presentation will discuss how families deal with the new identity established by a gay parent. The presenter will provide results from a qualitative study examining the perspectives of those who provide services for families with a gay parent. A discussion of current literature will examine trends as well as provide practical implications for those from a variety of disciplines including health science, psychology, and sociology. Attendees will gain insight into an evolving dimension of the American family.

Presenter: Jenniferlynn Boltz (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Health Science
Location: 219 Hartwell
Time: 9:15 am (Session I)