Gay and Lesbian Parenting
Gay and lesbian parenting is debated every day. Unlike heterosexual parents and their children, however, lesbian and gay parents and their children are often subject to prejudice because of their sexual orientation. Scientific research has been generally consistent in showing that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents. Research indicates that children with gay parents show few differences in achievement, mental health, social functioning and other measures.
Sometimes people are concerned that children being raised by a gay parent will need extra emotional support or face unique social stressors. 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. They also may have the advantage of open-mindedness, tolerance and role models for equitable relationships, according to some research. Children whose parents are homosexual show no difference in their choice of friends, activities, or interests compared to children whose parents are heterosexual. They are not more likely than children of heterosexual parents to develop emotional or behavioral problems. They are not more likely to be gay than children with heterosexual parents. They also are not more likely to be sexually abused. They 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. Some studies discovered that children in lesbian homes scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence. They also did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression....
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