Event Information

Date & Time
May 27, 2015 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Book Event - Daniel Rivers -Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, & Their Children in the United States since WW II

Description

Please join us for a book event on May 27th for Professor Daniel Rivers on his book Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since WW II.

Contrary to popular perception, lesbian and gay childrearing is not a novel phenomenon; lesbian mothers and gay fathers are visible in the historical record since at least the Second World War. Before the era of gay and lesbian liberation movements, these parents and their children were invisible in a culture that saw them as a categorical impossibility based on a definition of the family as always heterosexual. After the rise of widespread and highly visible gay and lesbian political movements following the Stonewall Riots of 1969, lesbian mothers and gay fathers came under increasing scrutiny and often had their parenting rights taken away by custody courts. As a result, lesbian mothers and gay fathers organized across the country, arguing for a new, non-heterosexual definition of the family.

This lecture will chart this history through six decades, and show how it undergirds current political, legal, and cultural struggles over LGBT domestic, parental, and marital rights.

This event is co-sponsored by the Program in Feminst, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Department of History, the Humanities Center, and the Women's Community Center.

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Speakers

  • Daniel Rivers
    • Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2005-06, History
    A former Clayman Institute Graduate Dissertation Fellow (2005-06), Daniel Rivers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University. He is a historian of LGBT communities in the twentieth century, Native American history, the family and sexuality, and U.S. social protest movements. His first book, Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States...