AAA Annual Meeting 2021

November 18, 2021

Baltimore, United States

Engaging with Christa Craven's Reproductive Losses: Challenges to LGBTQ Family-Making


kinship and families



Loss is a human experience we all face. The grief following a loss is always woven with who you are and where you are in the world, in your life, and in your body. Loss of pregnancy or a child is a trauma that Christa Craven explores in her book • but when that loss is embodied by queer and same-sex couples,’ loneliness finds other places to dwell. While loss is painful, Craven considers what reproductive loss feels like when LGBTQ people experience miscarriage, stillbirth, failed adoptions, infertility, and sterility. She asks us to consider queer loss and queering loss. Relying on the use of interviews, Craven offers thoughtful reflections and analyses on reproductive loss from over fifty interviews with LGBTQ people included those who carried the pregnancy, non-gestational and adoptive families. The families represent a range of racial/ethnic, socio-economic, religious and national backgrounds. Panel participants will reflect on the intervention of Craven’s work and explore how that work shapes their own thinking about queer family-making, life, loss, and grief.


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