Children and LGBT Parents: Family Values Continued

As a followup to yesterday's posting on family values, following are summaries of literature analyzing the effect of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) parents on their children:

"The research indicates that parenting practices and children’s outcomes in families parented by lesbian and gay parents are likely to be at least as favourable as those in families of heterosexual parents, despite the reality that considerable legal discrimination and inequity remain significant challenges for these families." (Australian Psychological Society, 2007) (reference)

"Current research shows that children with gay and lesbian parents do not differ from children with heterosexual parents in their emotional development or in their relationships with peers and adults. It is the quality of the parent/child relationship and not the parent’s sexual orientation that has an effect on a child’s development. Contrary to popular belief, children of lesbian, gay, or transgender parents:
  • Are not more likely to be gay than children with heterosexual parents.
  • Are not more likely to be sexually abused.
  • Do not show differences in whether they think of themselves as male or female (gender identity).
  • Do not show differences in their male and female behaviors (gender role behavior)."
(American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2006)(reference)

"The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) affirms that lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents are as well suited to raise children as their heterosexual counterparts." (2011) (reference)

"The data indicates that same-sex and heterosexual relationships do not differ in their essential psychosocial dimensions; that a parent's sexual orientation is unrelated to her or his ability to provide a healthy and nurturing family environment; and that marriage bestows substantial psychological, social and health benefits. It is concluded that same-sex couples and their children are likely to benefit in numerous ways from legal recognition of their families and providing such recognition through marriage will bestow greater benefit than civil unions or domestic partnerships." (American Psychologist research article, 2006) (reference)

"Overall, results of research suggest that the development, adjustment, and well-being of children with lesbian and gay parents do not differ markedly from that of children with heterosexual parents." (American Psychological Association, 2004) (reference)

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This blogger believes it is time to shed an unbiased light on this emotional issue for the benefit of all involved, as well as society in general.

By the way, it is the scientific consensus that sexual orientation other than heterosexuality is normal and should not be treated as a disease that needs to be "cured" (see here)


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