Lesbian Mothers

Over the past five years I have undertaken a number of projects focusing on lesbian mothers. The first of these examined the experiences of Australian lesbian (and gay) foster mothers. The infographic below created by Clare Bartholomaeus and myself provides a snapshot of this research. The second project explored the educational experiences of lesbian mother families in South Australia. This research was widely reported in the media. I have also undertaken research with Suzanne McLaren examining attitudes towards lesbian parenting. Finally, throughout these five years I have undertaken analysis of media representations of lesbian mothers.


Riggs, D.W. & Hanson-Easey, S. (2014). The invisibility of lesbian-mother families in the South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, 52, 23-33.

Riggs, D.W. & Willing, I. (2013). ‘They’re all just little bits, aren’t they?’: South Australian lesbian mothers’ experiences of marginalisation in primary schoolsJournal of Australian Studies, 37, 364-377.

Riggs, D.W. (2012). ‘Paradoxes of visibility’: Lesbian and gay parents in the Australian print mediaJindal Global Law Review, 4, 1-88.

Riggs, D.W. (2011). Perceptions of support among Australian lesbian and gay foster carers. In M. Morrison, D.T. McDermott, M.A. Carrigan & T.G. Morrison (Eds.) Sexual minority research in the new millenium. New York: Nova Science.

Riggs, D.W. (2010). ‘I’m not gay, but my four mums are’: Psychological knowledge and lesbian-headed familiesRadical Psychology, 9.

Riggs, D.W. (2010). The educational experiences of lesbian-mother families: A South Australian studyLES Online, 2, 3-13.

Riggs, D.W. (2010). Pragmatic imbalances: Australian lesbian and gay foster carersIn. P Gerber & A. Sifris (Eds.), Current trends in the regulation of same-sex relationships. Annandale: Federation Press.

Riggs, D.W., McLaren, S., & Mayes, A. (2009). Attitudes toward parenting in a lesbian and gay community sample. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. 13, 51-61.

Riggs, D.W. (2008). Lesbian mothers, gay sperm donors, and community: Ensuring the well-being of children and familiesHealth Sociology Review, 17, 232-240.

Lesbian and gay foster carers for website

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