Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Katie Acosta

Second Advisor

Wendy Simonds

Third Advisor

Elisabeth O. Burgess

Abstract

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.

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