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 DISPOSITIONS: Two Fathers, Two Babies, and a Trial that Made Them a Family is under contract with University of Wisconsin Press in its “Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies” series. Dispositions 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 LGBTQ and Two-Year College Creative Writing Caucuses of the Association of Writing and Writing Programs (AWP). In March 2020, Lane spoke at AWP 2020, the nation’s largest literary conference, as part of the panel “More Than Me: Memoirists Looking Outward” on memoir as a tool 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 multilingual college students in creative writing. His article about AWP 2020, which took place on the brink of the pandemic, was published by California Writers Club in April 2020.

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 parenting and public adoption system in California, and read from his memoir Dispositions.

In 2018, Lane and his partner’s testimonial about their public adoption 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 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 is now part of a new amicus brief filed by Family Equality Council in a similar case against the state of Michigan. The case outcome is yet to be determined.

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