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Perhaps that was unfair. To whom could they have turned for help?
This has the potential to make a significant difference both to the individuals directly involved and to society in general. If we take the conservative churches' reluctant admission of 2 percent of our population having a homosexual orientation we are talking about maybe 70, people. That suggests that at least , New Zealanders are potentially involved in this process.
If we take the Kinsey figure of 10 percent that personal involvement is around two million. Many parents are unable to talk to anyone about their gay son or lesbian daughter.
The organisation has created a huge resource of literature to enable groups to be established. I believe that for our Reconciling Congregations a valuable outreach would be the facilitation and support of P-FLAG groups in each of our communities.
Invisible Families: for Parents of Lesbian and Gay Children
Support for families and friends of gay men and lesbians. Moore particularly emphasizes the social and economic aspects in the lives of Black lesbian families and how social location, religious, and cultural institutions shapes their identities, ways that they form their families and understandings of their lives in ways that differ from White LGBTQ people. For example, the LGBTQ women of color she interviewed tended to report living in areas where there are concentrations of other ethnic minorities and how this general pattern was different than White gay couples who were more likely to lives in areas concentrated by other LGBTQ people.
The economic emphasis Moore takes in this research reveals that there are economic differences among lesbian couples by race. Black couples are less likely to own their homes and be employed, but more likely to live in poverty. Thus, within socio-economic statuses, Black lesbian families have more in common with Black communities than with the overall LGBTQ community. The author immediately states the conflict of previous research and analyses of lesbian families and motherhood quite explicitly. The purpose of the book is stated in the introduction and conclusion.
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The author explicitly favors analyzing Black lesbian families through the lens of intersectionality of social relations within social categories from which Black lesbian women identify. Moore uses evidence from her research conducted with women for three years in which she collected data through multiple methodological methods mentioned above. Although the data is collected from predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods in New York there are limitations to the evidence used in the text. For example, the particular culture of New York is a limitation of the study as New York City has a high proportion of same sex households and increased opportunities for contact with other gay people which may have made the reported experiences of the Black lesbian research participants particularly distinctive.
Also, more subtly than explicitly another limitation of the study had nothing to do with the actual participants themselves but rather with the researcher herself Mignon Moore. Experimenter bias may have entered the study at any time due to the inability of a human to be objective. For example, being a Black American some of the Caribbean born women included in the study may have seen her as culturally different from them. This may have impacted how comfortable these women were in sharing their ideologies about Black American lesbian families.
With all of these limitations being said, however, this scholarly work was very well written.
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The author provided connections between race and sexual identity in individuals while also emphasizing their relationship to broader social structures. This piece makes a significant contribution to our overall understanding of Black lesbian families. The style of the book is recommended to maternal and feminist studies and scholars whom have the privilege of understanding the complexities and intersectionalities that Moore provides in her research.
It is imperative that those within the field as well as outside it recognize the contributions this research can make in terms of public policy implications that emerged from the data.
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These public policy implications may help increase the strategies used to promote the empowerment of LGBTQ people and therefore one would think that this work will encourage LGBTQ organizations to reach out more to people of color. Alongside, the content of the book would be particularly and extremely valuable to a specific readership of people that continue to lack an understanding of Black lesbian families, identities, and etc—which I believe are religious communities. I would have liked to have seen the use of more quotes from the research participants in order for more of their voices to have been heard.
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