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Chapter 3 explores how race is materialized in diverse ways when queer people search for sperm or egg donors. In donor conception, race is often constructed as inhering in sperm and eggs, reinforced by fertility-clinic practices of racial categorization. But the queer families in this book fracture and multiply the rigid genomic logics naturalized in the fertility industry. While the racial categories ascribed to donors are often assumed to be used for racial matching, the parents interviewed here routinely reject matching in favor of other priorities. In the process, they highlight the complex and at-times competing logics of racialized relatedness. These logics are theorized in this chapter through the concept of “likeness”—a biocultural idiom for understanding race as an open-ended technology of intimacy.

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