Homosexuality and Parenting

  • Martha J. Kirkpatrick
Part of the Women in Context book series (WICO)


Homosexuality has long been considered antithetical to childrearing. We have held this conviction despite the wide acceptance, perhaps preference, for single women as teachers, governesses, and nurses and the welcome help from maiden aunts, bachelor uncles, and schoolmasters, many of whom may have been homosexual, at least in thought if not in deed. Although we have known for a long time that heterosexual males are by far the most frequent offenders in the sexual abuse of children, we continue to harass and discriminate against homosexual teachers of both sexes. Homosexuality has been deemed socially irresponsible at best, and, at worst, homosexual individuals have been considered likely to molest children and/or proselytize homosexuality.


Sexual Minority Foster Parent Lesbian Couple Lesbian Mother Homosexual Parent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha J. Kirkpatrick
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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