Queer Kinship Practices in Non-Western Contexts: French Polynesia's Gender-variant Parents and the Law of La Rpublique.

Published: December 1, 2010


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.

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