Invisible Families: A Mixed-Methods Study of Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women

October 27, 2010

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Mignon Moore

Mignon Moore discusses findings from her forthcoming book Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women, which examines how race and class influence the ways Black women who are gay understand their sexual orientation, find partners and form families.

Drawing from three years of intensive data collection, Professor Moore reveals how Black women who were born in the 1960s and 1970s in large Northern cities, small Southern towns, and rural areas in the Caribbean use these past experiences to shape their thinking about their own lesbian sexuality. They live in Black communities that are not always accepting of their openly gay lives, and Moore shows how issues like same-sex marriage play out for individuals struggling for full acceptance by the racial group.

 


Recorded Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at the Richardson Library.