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Dr. Lauren Gutterman Publishes Op-Ed in The Washington Post

Sat, November 16, 2019
Dr. Lauren Gutterman Publishes Op-Ed in The Washington Post
Dr. Lauren Gutterman

Please join us in congratulating UT AMS faculty member Lauren Gutterman on "How the Fight for LGBTQ Parental Rights Has Backfired in New Custody Battles," an op-ed she recently published in The Washington Post. Discussing recent cases involving gender identity and parental rights, Dr. Gutterman writes:

"The idea that supporting or encouraging a child’s gender nonconformity is the mark of an 'unfit' parent has roots in gay and lesbian parents’ custody battles during the 1970s and 1980s. As LGBTQ parents struggled to maintain custody of children after coming out, they employed experts whose arguments were designed to assuage hostile judges, but which unwittingly created a standard that today puts parents like Georgulas at risk of losing custody of their children...

Although Anne Georgulas has — thus far — retained joint custody of Luna, the parents of other gender-nonconforming children have not been so lucky. The discrimination they are facing in family court today for supporting their children’s gender is a product of contemporary opposition to transgender visibility, but it is also a legacy of gay and lesbian custody cases that made children’s gender and sexual normativity a basis for custody determinations. Today, LGBTQ activists and allies must pick up where these earlier custody cases left off, by pushing family court judges to recognize the rights of adults andchildren whose gender and sexuality defies convention."

You can read the rest of Dr. Gutterman's op-ed here.

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