Queer kinship practices in non-western contexts

French Polynesia's gender-variant parents and the law of la république

Aleardo Zanghellini*

*Corresponding author for this work

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French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France whose kinship practices accommodate transgender parenting through the involvement of gender-variant (mahu) people in childrearing, including as adoptive parents in customary (faamu) adoption. While the existence and visibility of gender-variant people in French Polynesia is well documented, there is no literature on their involvement in parenting, reflecting a more general dearth of research on LGBT parenting in non-Western contexts. Drawing on the author's fieldwork in French Polynesia, this article fills this gap. The article also discusses the negative implications of France's ambivalence towards LGBT parenting for French Polynesian gender-variant parents and the children they raise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-677
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Law and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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