You know the old adage: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. Given SCOTUS’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, it seems appropriate that gay fatherhood is the next thing on many Americans’ minds.
Author and anthropologist Aaron Goodfellow dives into the issue with Gay Fathers, Their Children, and the Making of Kinship. His work began all the way back in 1995 while he was brainstorming for his masters dissertation. “I was spending a lot of time in Central Park because I had a big dog, and I met two men who had just adopted a child,” Goodfellow remembers. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is fantastic.’” Add to the mix the late-in-life realization that his own deceased father had been gay, and the study slowly developed into something “intensely personal and autobiographical.”
Fast-forward 20 years and 35 families later, and Goodfellow now presents what he calls a “very traditional, almost old-school anthropological study” on the differences between gay fatherhood and normative heterosexual parenthood. The families featured in the book—many of whom were found via Provincetown Family Weekend’s participant database—represent most of the mid-Atlantic coast, including Long Island and New York City.
Posted by NextMagazine on 6/18/15
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