About the author

Lane Igoudin, M.A., Ph.D., is a Los Angeles-based writer and a deeply engaged father of two teenagers. He is a tenured English/ESL professor at Los Angeles City College with degrees from CSU Long Beach and Stanford University. In 2018-19, he served as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow with the EPIC Program of the Humanities Division of UCLA.

Lane’s memoir Born in the Shadow of the Court is under contract with University of Wisconsin Press in its “Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies” series. Born… is his first full-length book, but as a former music and theater critic, Lane has published nearly 100 reviews in various Los Angeles-area magazines. His short story, “The iPad Wars,” appeared in the 2018 issue of The Citadel, a juried literary journal published at LACC.

Lane is a member of the LGBT and Two-Year College Writing Caucuses of the Association of Writing and Writing Programs (AWP). In March 2020, Lane will be moderating a panel on engaging multilingual college students in creative writing at AWP 2020, the nation’s largest literary conference.

In September 2018, Lane and his partner’s testimonial about their public adoption was included in an amicus brief filed by Family Equality Council, alongside ACLU, in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia – a case which sought to allow religious providers of foster and adoption services to reject qualified gay and lesbian 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. On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the argument that child welfare agencies have a right to discriminate and ruled in favor of the City of Philadelphia.

Their testimonial has now been included in an amicus brief filed by Family Equality Council in a similar case in Michigan.

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