Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Elisabeth O. Burgess
My research compares the visibility of LGBT-parented families in the articles of two types of parenting magazines:an LGBT-based parenting magazine as well as a heteronormative-based magazine. Using a content analysis, I investigated each magazine’s portrayal of LGBT-parented familiesby analyzing articles regarding LGBT-parented families, the articles’ rhetoric, and how such language caters to or delineates from heteronormativity. As a conclusion to my extensive research, I elucidate the differences between familial representation in heteronormative parenting magazines and LGBT representative parenting magazines to define homonormative parenting and its divergence from heteronormative parenting. Using a sociological lens, my research also answers the questions how this visibility has emerged, and how the visibility of LGBT-parented families disrupts and conforms to hegemonic heteronormativity.
James, Claire, "From Invisibility to Normativity: LGBT Families' Representation in Parenting Magazines." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2019.