Gay and Lesbian Parenting

I the question “Are they normal?” in regards to the children raised by gay and lesbian parents shows the complete lack of knowledge and naivete outlook people have of the world.  These are the same people who say “gay parents raise gay children” or “children need a mother and a father to have proper male and female role models”.  Do these people not understand the fact that straight parents raise gay children, as well?  And what do they say for those single parents who are without a male or female partner? 

Research Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting

All of the research to date has reached the same unequivocal conclusion about gay parenting: the children of lesbian and gay parents grow up as successfully as the children of heterosexual parents. In fact, not a single study has found the children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged because of their parents’ sexual orientation. Other key findings include: 

  • There is no evidence to suggest that lesbians and gay men are unfit to be parents. 
  • Home environments with lesbian and gay parents are as likely to successfully support a child’s development as those with heterosexual parents. 
  • Good parenting is not influenced by sexual orientation. Rather, it is influenced most profoundly by a parent’s ability to create a loving and nurturing home — an ability that does not depend on whether a parent is gay or straight. 
  • There is no evidence to suggest that the children of lesbian and gay parents are less intelligent, suffer from more problems, are less popular, or have lower self-esteem than children of heterosexual parents. 
  • The children of lesbian and gay parents grow up as happy, healthy and well-adjusted as the children of heterosexual parents. 

http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights_hiv-aids/overview-lesbian-and-gay-parenting-adoption-and-foster-care

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~ by Marissa Hayes on December 3, 2009.

3 Responses to “Gay and Lesbian Parenting”

  1. I agree with you. My step-grandmother’s daughter adopted a child with her partner, and the kid is happy and very outgoing.

    Ryan Van Wagenen

  2. I too knew a young girl who was being raised by a lesbian couple. If no one would have told me I never would have known. She was given everything she needed, just from two women instead of one.

    Tracy Hubertz

  3. Exactly – we’ll cover this in detail the last day of class.

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