Frontmatter

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 3-6

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

I came to the study of Latina/o sexualities at the most opportune time. I was a graduate student at the University of Connecticut and one of my mentors, Mary-sol Asencio, had just received a Ford Foundation grant to map the nascent field of Latina/o sexualities. She hired me as her research assistant on this project, which involved the bringing together of all of the top scholars in the area to discuss the ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-15

I started my field research on lesbian, bisexual, and queer Latinas at a difficult point in my life. My beloved grandmother had recently died, and on her death-bed she told her best friend that she lamented the fact that she would not get a chance to meet the new grandchild whose arrival the family was so anxiously awaiting. The grandchild she referred to is my aunt?s daughter, whom her part-...

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1. “As Long as You Wear a Dress”

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pp. 16-37

As a girl in the Dominican Republic, I remember the powerful women in my family teaching me to embody femininity. As young as five, I vividly remember slouching comfortably over a chair watching cartoons and my madrina (god-mother) straightening me out. ?No te conviene andar con la espalda jorobada. Tienes que sentarte derecha con las piernas cruzadas. As? es que se sientan las ...

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2. “And Then the Father Set Me Free”

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pp. 38-60

When Carmen and Cassandra?s daughter was born, they decided they wanted to baptize the baby in a Catholic church. They picked Carmen?s sister and brother- in- law to be the baby?s godparents, and since they did not have a church of their own, they baptized the baby in the new godparents? church. We all stood in front of the altar: the baby, her two mommies, the godparents, myself, and a variety of ...

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3. Doing Family from within Interracial/Interethnic Relationships

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pp. 61-82

As I write this chapter, there have been ongoing developments across the country regarding the rights of same- sex couples to marry. On October 10, 2008, Con-necticut became the third state to allow same- sex couples to legally marry. Sylvia, a Connecticut resident in her early fifties and an immigrant from Cuba, took advantage of these developments and legally married her life partner of over ...

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4. Parenting among Families of Choice

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pp. 83-104

Early on in the data collection process I met Carla, a middle- aged Dominican woman, and her partner, Dolores, at a small gathering that took place at the home of a mutual acquaintance.1 Carla and Dolores had been in a relationship for more than ten years and lived in a small immigrant community just outside New York City. Carla had never had any relationships with men, but Dolores had ...

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5. Integrating Families of Choice and Origin

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pp. 105-129

I interviewed Aurelia at a restaurant in downtown Boston. We had corresponded through email a few times but had no mutual acquaintances. Aurelia is Nicara-guan, college educated, and holds a professional job. She identifies as a lesbian, and at age twenty- seven she has had one serious long- term relationship with another Nicaraguan woman named Pamela, whom she met when she was twenty- one. ...

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6. Conclusion: Are You Family?

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pp. 130-138

In a recent conversation my partner, Hilary, shared an encounter she once had with a schoolmate she had not seen or spoken with in over ten years. She was leaving a lesbian bar with a group of friends when she was approached by a woman whom she did not recognize. The woman, it so happens, thought she rec-ognized her from high school and called after her. As they exchanged pleasantries ...

Appendix A: Participants’ Ethnic Backgrounds

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pp. 139-139

Appendix B: Formally Interviewed Participants

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pp. 140-142

Appendix C: Methodological Considerations

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pp. 143-144

Appendix D: Participants’ Education Levels

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pp. 145-145

Appendix E: Participants’ Partnerships by Race/ethnic Composition

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pp. 146-146

Notes

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pp. 147-154

References

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pp. 155-162

Index

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pp. 163-168

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About the Author

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pp. 169-170

Katie L. Acosta is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Geor-...