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Through conversations with a diverse range of parents who identify as LGBTQIA2+ at different stages of family life (from those with young children to those whose children have “grown and flown”), this free webinar series explored the changing landscape of LGBTQIA2+ parenting during the last several decades. The six-part series began on Monday, April 11, 2022, and was held biweekly through June 20, 2022. All webinars had live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
Together, we discussed the experiences of families living in a diverse range of social contexts. By listening to the stories of each family, we hoped to broaden and deepen our vision of family to be far more inclusive and to embrace the diversity of who families truly are in America today.
Here are some of the topics these conversations explored:
- Homophobia and transphobia, and how they impact families’ lives
- The impact of policy and law on families’ lives
- LQBTQIA2+ family formation and gendered notions of parenting
- Generational and evolving perspectives on gender, sexuality, and identity
- Ethnic and racial diversity in LGBTQIA2+ families
- Representation of diverse family forms in children’s literature and educational settings
Laura Benkov, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who has worked with children, adults, couples, and families for decades in a variety of community mental health, private practice, school, and hospital settings, providing supervision/training, psychotherapy, and psychological/neuropsychological evaluations.
She has been on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and is formerly the Clinic Director at Think: Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she worked at Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, focusing on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ family formation. She is the author of one of the first books (and several subsequent articles) on the subject of lesbian and gay parenthood, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents (Crown, 1994).
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Through conversations with a diverse range of parents who identify as LGBTQIA2+ at different stages of family life, this free webinar series explored the changing landscape of LGBTQIA2+ parenting during the last several decades.