“[Invisible Families] provides deep insight into the lives and experiences of black lesbians.”(American Journal Of Sociology 2012-08-12)

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"Mignon Moore’s title says it all: Invisible Families. Scholarship on lesbian and gay issues has been slow to recognize the importance of children and family among those in same-sex relationships and has paid scant attention to racial minorities; nor have students of African American life given much attention to Black lesbians and gay men. We are left with the unfortunate impression, to paraphrase the authors of But Some of Us Are Brave, that all the lesbians and gays are White and all the Blacks are heterosexual. This book stands as a significant corrective to these multiple myopias, offering a nuanced account of the kinds of pressures Black women raising children with female partners encounter, and revealing the creativity and resilience they bring to the struggle." --Ellen Lewin, University of Iowa, author of Gay Fatherhood: Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America.

Invisible Families shakes up longstanding theoretical conceptualizations of racial identity, family formation, and motherhood, contesting basic assumptions about black families. Tightly conceptualized and highly engaging.” – Kerry Ann Rockquemore, author of Raising Biracial Children

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“[Invisible Families] provides deep insight into the lives and experiences of black lesbians.”(American Journal Of Sociology 2012-08-12)

“Social sciences researchers will cite the construction, development, and conclusions from Moore’s study for years to come.” (Rachel Wexelbaum Lambda Literary 2012-05-13)

“Invisible Families represents sociological research at its finest. . . . Well written and theoretically sophisticated. . . . This is clearly a groundbreaking book.  (Anne R. Roschelle State University of New York at New Paltz Gender & Society 2012-12-01)

“Necessary reading for scholars and students interested in family studies, LGBT studies, and race-class-gender studies.” (Assoc For Jewish Stds Review / Ajs Review 2012-10-09)

"Scholars and students of race, class, gender, sexuality, [and] family . . . will benefit greatly from this comprehensive work." (Lynn Horridge American Anthropologist 2013-06-01) 



2018 Moore, Mignon R. “Reflections on Marriage Equality as a Vehicle for LGBTQ Political Transformation.” Pp. 73-80 in Queer Families and Relationships after Marriage Equality. M. Yarbrough, J., N. DeFilippis & A. Jones, eds. NY: Routledge.

Bridges,Justin and Mignon R. Moore. 2018. “Young Women of Color and Shifting Sexual Identities.”Contexts 17, 1: 86-89. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1536504218767125


Moore, Mignon R. 2018. “Challenges, Triumphs and Praxis: Collecting Qualitative Data on Less Visible and Marginalized Populations.” Pp. 169-184 in Other, Please Specify: ________ Queer Methods in Sociology. D. Compton, T. Meadow & K. Schilt, eds. University of California Press.    


Moore, Mignon R. 2018. “Women of Color in the Academy: Navigating Multiple Intersections and Multiple Hierarchies” Social Problems 61, 2: 200-205. https://doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spx009


del Pino, Homero, Mignon R.Moore, Jagadisa-Devasri Dacus, William J. McCuller, Lawrence Fernandez, Alison A. Moore. 2016. “Stigma and Family Relationships of Middle-AgedGay Men in Recovery.” Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services 28,1: 1-19. http://DOI:10.1080/10538720.2016.1124350


Moore, Mignon R. and Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer. 2013. “LGBT Sexuality and Families at the Start of the 21st Century.” Annual Review of Sociology39: 491-507. http://10.1146/annurev-soc-071312-145643    


Moore, Mignon R. 2011. “Two Sides of the Same Coin:Revising Analyses of Lesbian Sexuality andFamily Formation through the Study of Black Women.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 15,1: 58-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080%2F10894160.2010.508412


Moore, Mignon R. 2010. “Articulating a Politics of (Multiple) Identities: Sexuality and Inclusion in BlackCommunity Life.” DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race 7, 2: 1-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017%2FS1742058X10000275


Moore, Mignon R. 2008. “Gendered Power Relations amongWomen: A Study of Household Decision-Making in Lesbian Stepfamilies.” American Sociological Review, 73, 2: 335-356. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F000312240807300208


Moore, Mignon R. 2006. “Lipstick or Timberlands?  Meanings of Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communities.”  SIGNS:  Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 32, 1:113-139. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086%2F505269


Moore, Mignon R. 2003. “Socially Isolated?  How Parents and Neighborhood Adults Influence Youth Behavior in Disadvantaged Communities.”  Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26, 6:  988- 1005.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080%2F0141987032000132450


Smith, Sandra and Mignon R. Moore. 2002. “Expectations of Campus Racial Climate and Social Adjustment among African-American College Students.” In African-American Education:  Race, Community, Inequality and Achievement , C. C. Yeaky (series ed.) &  W. R. Allen, M. B. Spencer, C. O’Connor (vol. eds.), pp. 93-118.  NY: Elsevier Science.


Moore, Mignon R. and P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale. 2001. “Sexual Intercourse and Pregnancy among African-American Girls in High-Poverty Neighborhoods: The Role of Family and Perceived Community Environment.”  Journal of Marriage and Family 63: 1146-1157.http://dx.doi.org/10.1111%2Fj.1741-3737.2001.01146.x


Smith, Sandra and Mignon R. Moore. 2001. “Intraracial Diversity and Relations among African Americans:  A Case Study of Feelings of Closeness among Black Students at a Predominantly White University.” American Journal of Sociology 106, 1: 1-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086%2F303112