Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Katie Acosta

Second Advisor

Wendy Simonds

Third Advisor

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.