Lesbian Parenting

A Personal Odyssey
  • April Martin


The 1980s have witnessed the emergence of a completely new family constellation. While there have probably always been lesbian families, until the past decade these were mainly the result of a heterosexual union that later dissolved. What is new in the past decade, by contrast, is the planned lesbian family. There has been a veritable baby boom among lesbians who know that they want to adopt or bear, and raise, children.


Heterosexual Woman Nursery School Family Constellation Sperm Bank Heterosexual Marriage 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • April Martin
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  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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