In the last decade, countries ruling on LGBT marriage and adoption have been increasing, stimulating a public discussion observed in traditional and new media. The Italian public debate has been influenced by cultural and legal transformations occurring in the near European nations, although cultural and religious oppositions contributed to stop the process of legalization of LGBT unions and parenthood. In the present study, the authors investigate the representations of LGBT adoption emerging from a corpus Facebook spontaneous conversations. Text thematic clustering and similarity analysis were applied. The emerging four clusters showed the effort of negotiation of traditional and stereotypical family roles and related socio-cultural expectations, towards the definition of a new image of family.
Keywords: Social representations, adoptions, LGBT, facebook, thematic analysis, similitude analysis.