Gay or lesbian families
Despite controversy about LG parenting, research demonstrates that family processes are more strongly associated with individual outcomes than family structure. Data for the current study are largely drawn from W2. Via Qualtrics, parents completed assessments of mental health symptoms, adoption stigma, and perceived childcare competence. LG parents also reported on their experiences of homonegative microaggressions, and children responded to a measure about their relationships with parents. No significant differences emerged as a function of parental sexual orientation and gender except that lesbian mothers, heterosexual mothers, and gay fathers all reported higher parenting competence than heterosexual fathers. Consistent with our conceptual framework, our results—derived from parent and child reports—demonstrate that although adoptive and LG parent families experience stigma, family processes rather than structure are most associated with individual outcomes.
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For some children, having a gay or lesbian parent is not a big deal. Others may find it hard to have a family that is different from most families. Being different in any way can be confusing, frustrating, and even scary. But what really matters is that children can talk to their parents about how they feel and that there is love and support in the family. Children whose parents are homosexual show no difference in their choice of friends, activities, or interests compared to children whose parents are heterosexual. As adults, their career choices and lifestyles are similar to those of children raised by heterosexual parents.
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LGBT parenting refers to lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT people raising one or more children as parents or foster care parents. This includes: children raised by same-sex couples same-sex parenting , children raised by single LGBT parents, and children raised by an opposite-sex couple where at least one partner is LGBT. However, scientific research consistently shows that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as those reared by heterosexual parents. LGBT people can become parents through various means including current or former relationships, coparenting , adoption , foster care , donor insemination , reciprocal IVF , and surrogacy. Some children do not know they have an LGBT parent; coming out issues vary and some parents may never reveal to their children that they identify as LGBT.
Studies estimate that between 1 and 9 million children in the United States have at least one parent who is lesbian or gay. There are approximately , same-sex partner households, according to the Census, and there are children living in approximately 27 percent of those households. It is difficult to obtain an accurate count of same-sex parent families because many lesbians and gay men are not open about their sexual orientation due to fears of discrimination, such as loss of employment, loss of child custody, and antigay violence.