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Are Children of Gay Couples More Likely to be Gay?

Complete video at: NYU Sociology Professor Judith Stacey examines research on whether children raised by gay or lesbian couples are more likely to identify as gay or lesbian themselves. ----- Efforts to overcome discrimination based on sexual orientation have been part of a more generalized agenda of civil rights. These efforts have been played out in the streets, in major institutions, and in the courts. What do the politics of statewide elections and the presidential race of 2008 tell us about efforts to remedy the effects of discrimination on gays, lesbians and transgendered individuals? The panelists who will deal with issues of marriage and the family, employment, health and well-being to assess electoral politics and the interests of a gay constituency include Judith Stacey, professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Sociology Department, NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and author of In the Name of the Family: Rethinking Family Values in the Postmodern Age; Shannon Minter, legal director of The National Center for Gay Rights and lead attorney for same-sex couples in the marriage case recently decided by the California Supreme Court, and Richard Goldstein, journalist and author of Homocons: Liberal Society and the Gay Right. Moderated by Robert-Jay Green, Executive Director, Rockway Institute, Alliant International University. Sponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs in partnership with the Alliant International University's Rockway Institute for Science and LGBT Public Policy - The New School Judith Stacey is sociology professor at New York University's Center of the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Previously she had taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Davis. Dr. Stacey's works focus on feminism, gender and cultural studies, and the political arena of the family and sexuality. She is most noted for her research with gay and lesbian families. Dr. Stacey has written four books, has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and lectured extensively throughout the country.
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