Parenting & Family

Youth in the crosshairs: The third wave of ex-gay activism

Ex-gay ministries do more harm than good by claiming that gay men, lesbians and bisexuals — youth in particular — can become heterosexual through “conversion therapy.”

Caregiving among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) caregivers and care recipients still face discrimination at doctors’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other places we entrust with the care of our loved ones. Policies that embrace broad definitions of family and caregiving and recognize same-sex relationships would help to ease the burdens and strains of caregiving.

2000 Census and same-sex households: A user's guide

The Census identified 600,000 same-sex households in the United States. With this data we can more forcefully advocate for the policies that will bring about equality for our families.

Responses to the most frequent objections

Parenting & Family: responses to the most frequent objections

Does lesbian and gay parenting harm children?

No. There is absolutely no empirical evidence to support the claim that LGBT parenting harms children. Psychologist Charlotte Patterson reports that "not a single study has found children of gay or lesbian parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents.

Parenting & Family

Parenting & Family

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals pursue different paths to parenthood. Some have children through the use of reproductive technology such as donor insemination or surrogacy, while others adopt or become foster parents. Some LGBT people have children from previous heterosexual relationships. While our families deserve the same legal protections and social support granted to married opposite-sex couples and their children, they have few protections and, in some places, are even banned from adopting or becoming foster parents.

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