Invisible Families (Paperback)

Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood among Black Women

By Mignon Moore

University of California Press, 9780520269521, 318pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2011

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Mignon R. Moore brings to light the family life of a group that has been largely invisible—gay women of color—in a book that challenges long-standing ideas about racial identity, family formation, and motherhood. Drawing from interviews and surveys of one hundred black gay women in New York City, Invisible Families explores the ways that race and class have influenced how these women understand their sexual orientation, find partners, and form families. In particular, the study looks at the ways in which the past experiences of women who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s shape their thinking, and have structured their lives in communities that are not always accepting of their openly gay status. Overturning generalizations about lesbian families derived largely from research focused on white, middle-class feminists, Invisible Families reveals experiences within black American and Caribbean communities as it asks how people with multiple stigmatized identities imagine and construct an individual and collective sense of self.

About the Author

Mignon R. Moore is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Praise For Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood among Black Women

“Arguably the most groundbreaking work on LGBT parenting published in recent years.”

— Mombian

“[Invisible Families] provides deep insight into the lives and experiences of black lesbians.”

— American Journal Of Sociology

“Social sciences researchers will cite the construction, development, and conclusions from Moore’s study for years to come.”

— Rachel Wexelbaum

“Invisible Families represents sociological research at its finest. . . . Well written and theoretically sophisticated. . . . This is clearly a groundbreaking book.

— Anne R. Roschelle State University of New York at New Paltz

“Necessary reading for scholars and students interested in family studies, LGBT studies, and race-class-gender studies.”

— Assoc For Jewish Stds Review / Ajs Review

"Scholars and students of race, class, gender, sexuality, [and] family . . . will benefit greatly from this comprehensive work."

— Lynn Horridge