Sometimes people try to claim that gay men and lesbians shouldn't be parents because the children will suffer. Well, a recent study can lay that notion to rest!
The study only looked at lesbian moms, and not gay dads, but the findings are important for everyone in the GLBT community.
In fact, the study determined that these teens were more socially adjusted, did better academically, and were less likely to break rules than were typical American teens!
As the researchers report:
The 17-year-olds participating in the longest-running study of lesbian families had high school GPAs in the A- to B+ range, and nearly all planned to attend four-year colleges. These adolescents had strong family bonds, and they were nearly unanimous in describing their mothers as good role models. They also reported having numerous close friends--generally with same-age peers who were predominantly heterosexual. Most of the teens felt comfortable bringing friends home, informing friends about their mothers' lesbianism and confiding in their mothers.
What's behind this? A big reason is that the children of these moms were planned and wanted and as a result, the moms were involved and committed to the kids from the get-go.
Any of you out there have lesbian moms? Does this ring true to you?