Empowered as Community, Disempowered as Parents? Factors of Success for Decisions and Forms of LGBTIQ*-Parenthood.

  • In a cis-heteronormative society, LGBTIQ*-people learn to negotiate lacks of legal and social equality. Their experiences might also serve as an expertise when negotiating LGBTIQ*-parenthood. In this research, episodic interviews with LGBTIQ*-people living and working in the field of LGBTIQ*-parenthood in Germany were conducted. The findings of the thematic qualitative text analysis suggest that empowering ways to handle scripts of parenthood are probably linked to empowering ways to handle scripts of sexual and gender identities the participants have developed before. Communities and exchange are crucial for accessing and applying the available strategies, notably handling normative scripts with different scripts than predominantly legitimizing their power to disempower. The possibility of making such changes within an existing societal system that still disempowers due to inequalities and disadvantages does not imply any specifications in regards to the way that individuals perform their ways of parenthood. Yet, counselling, activism and research might gain from understanding that scripting disempowering scripts about LGBTIQ*-parenthood as basically effective and legitimate might rather impede than support the transfer of the strengthening factors for becoming and being parents. A society where traditional family models and care work are subjects of change might instead benefit from nonnormative people with their expertise of negotiating norms.

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Author:Ines-Paul Baumann
Examiner:Tatiana Zimenkova, Eva Maria Hinterhuber
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Date of Publication (online):2021/11/26
Year of first Publication:2021
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Rhein-Waal
Degree-granting institution:Hochschule Rhein-Waal
Date of final exam:2021/09/10
Release Date:2021/11/29
Tag:Care revolution; LGBTIQ*; Parenthood; Queer theory; Sexual scripts
Number of Pages:58
Faculties and Institutes:Fakultät Gesellschaft und Ökonomie
Licence (German):License LogoCC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitungen