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Same-sex parents have become increasingly visible in some countries, and there is a growing body of research about the family building experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Although less visible, LGBT individuals in countries where stigma is high may also build families outside of the heterosexual norm. Speakers from the United States and the Netherlands will present research findings about the experiences of LGBT family building in different contexts, and how these experiences are affected by cultural norms around marriage, gender, and childrearing. Key issues that will be covered include how LGBT people become parents, how they navigate stigma and seek acceptance for themselves and their children, and the overall well-being of their children. Additionally, cultural norms that affect LGBT family building experiences, including norms around marriage, gender, and child-rearing, will be presented. Finally, recommendations on areas in need of future research will be offered.
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