Lane Igoudin, MA, PhD, is a Los Angeles-based writer, blogger, and a deeply engaged father of two teens. He actively blogs and writes narrative non-fiction about gay fatherhood, foster and adoptive parenting, mindfulness in the Jewish and Buddhist traditions, spiritual growth, writing pedagogy, and sociolinguistics (use of language in society). A graduate of CSU Long Beach and Stanford University, Lane teaches English and linguistics at Los Angeles City College and was a recent Andrew W. Mellon Fellow with the EPIC Program of the Humanities Division of UCLA.
Since August 2020, Lane has been a regular contributor to the Applied Jewish Spirituality institute blog (AJS, Jerusalem), publishing there 12 posts so far, and starting a new serialized blog on incorporating mindfulness into daily spiritual activities.
His other recent publications include:
- a guide to public policies, legislative mandates, and legal opinions for prospective foster/adoptive parents on Adoption.com, the world’s #1 adoption site
- a 2021 Father’s Day feature on Family Equality.org on his joys and challenges as a father raising daughters. It follows an earlier blog post for Family Equality.org to commemmorate the 2020 International LGBTQ Family Day.
- an article in The Forward, a leading Jewish news publication, on celebrating 2020 High Holidays amidst the pandemic
- an essay on multiracial histories within an intersectional gay family in the annual 2020 issue of The Citadel, a juried literary journal published in Los Angeles. The Citadel previously published Lane’s parenting essay “The iPad Wars.“
- a chapter in a Routledge Press (London) volume on critical language studies of social inequality and injustice.
For more information on these and other recent publications, please here.
In August 2020, drawing on his background and training in Judaism and Zen, Lane started Blessing the Sea, a newsletter featuring different ways to bring spirituality into daily life.
Lane’s parenting memoir Man’s Work, is currently in search of a publisher.
Lane is a member of the LGBTQ and College Creative Writing Caucuses of the Association of Writing and Writing Programs (AWP). In March 2022, Lane will be moderating a panel on literary journals published by community colleges at AWP 2022 in Philadelphia. Lane spoke at the last in-person AWP convention (2020) as part of the “More Than Me: Memoirists Looking Outward” panel on using a personal memoir to spotlight larger social issues like family formation and public adoption systems in America today. At the same conference, he also moderated a panel on how to engage bilingual / ESL college students in creative writing and later wrote about it for California Writers Club, UCLA Excellence in Pedagogy, and the AWP 2-Year Creative Writing Caucus blog.
In October 2019, Lane spoke on the panel of five queer-identified writers/parents “Our Families, Our Stories: Writing and Parenting in the Trenches” at 2019 Lambda LitFest about the LGBTQ parenting and public adoptions in California. There, as well as at AWP 2019 in Portland, AWP 2020 in San Antonio, and at the virtual AWP 2021, he participated in public readings.
In 2018, Lane and his husband’s testimonial was included in an amicus brief filed by Family Equality Council and ACLU in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia – a case which sought to allow religious providers of foster and adoption services to refuse to serve qualified LGBT parents. Their story countered this discriminatory proposal by offering an example of a multiracial gay family in which adopted children thrive, in no small part due to the spiritual foundation found in religion. Their testimonial was also included into another amicus brief filed by Family Equality Council in a similar case against the state of Michigan.
In 2019, two lower-level federal district courts sided with the city of Philadelphia. In February 2020, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. The oral arguments concluded with the June 27, 2021, ruling in favor of the religious agency. The Fulton case outcome will have far-reaching consequences, beyond public adoption.
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