The hetero-gay family: An emergent family configuration

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The hetero-gay family is a relatively new family configuration that is headed by a heterosexual mother and gay father who conceive and raise children together, although residing separately. This article presents the unique characteristics of hetero-gay families and the potential implications for child development of growing up in a hetero-gay family. Recent research on non-marital motherhood and fatherhood among gay men is used to inform the debate. Comparisons of hetero-gay families to other family configurations help highlight central issues and offer directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-104
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of GLBT Family Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2005


  • Family diversity
  • Gay fathers
  • Hetero-gay family
  • Non-marital mothers
  • Non-traditional families


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