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Expérience homosexuelle et parenté. Des relations familiales contrastées

By Jérôme Courduriès


Starting out from an anthropological perspective, this article examines the nature of the relations that homosexual people maintain nowadays with members of their family. This is an issue that still remains shrouded in relative obscurity in works in the social sciences devoted to homosexuality. It looks at the results of surveys conducted between 2000 and 2011 with fifty-nine gay men living in couples and young gay adults and lesbians having become separated from their families. The data reveal that, once the secret that had so long been imposed on their sexual orientation has come out, most often the relations of men living in couples become redeployed with the members of their family. At the same time, young homosexuals still suffer from family exclusion due to their sexual orientation. The article takes a few examples and goes on to show that the relations maintained by homosexuals with their family members are in reality extremely contrasted.Cet article examine, du point de vue de l'anthropologie, la nature des relations que les personnes homosexuelles entretiennent aujourd'hui avec les membres de leur parenté, point encore assez obscur des travaux en sciences sociales menés sur l'homosexualité. Il s'appuie sur des enquêtes menées entre 2000 et 2011 auprès de cinquante-neuf hommes gays en couple et de jeunes adultes gays et lesbiennes en rupture familiale. Les données révèlent que, une fois levé le secret longtemps imposé sur leur orientation sexuelle, le plus souvent les relations des hommes en couple se redéploient avec leurs apparentés. Dans le même temps, des jeunes homosexuel(le)s souffrent encore de l'exclusion familiale du fait de leur orientation sexuelle. Illustré de quelques cas, l'article montre que les relations entretenues par les homosexuel(le)s avec leurs apparentés sont en réalité très contrastées

Topics: homosexuality, family, family separation, relation, homosexualité, famille, parents, rupture, secret, [SHS.ANTHRO-SE]Humanities and Social Sciences/Social Anthropology and ethnology, [SHS.SOCIO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology
Publisher: 'CAIRN'
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.3917/dia.203.0077
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:halshs-00955985v1
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