Gay parenting has been in the cross hairs in recent days. I recent study is being reviewed by the media at length. Whether Gay parents create ill-adjusted children has been called into question.
Where most studies have given excellent reviews to gay parents, however it has not necessarily been helpful. In an effort to create equality we often take things a little too far and according to the new study Gay parents are not faring better than any other type of parent. In this aspect the gay parenting ego has been punctured, but not fatally wounded. Gay parents have been idolized in movies like “The Kids Are Fine” and shows like “L Word”; still every parent has challenges and worries about their child. The study was published in the journal Social Science Research. It was funded by the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation and brought a more realistic outlook to Gay parents, despite being exclusive and leaving out a major part of the LGBT spectrum.
What could be a more educational question to answer would be “What about the other parents?” A person of the general public may have a crinkled brow at this point. There are gay and straight parents, are any parents being left out?
Transgendered parents are being left out. A-sexual parents are being left out. Bisexual parents are always left out. There are too many aspects of human life to be compartmentalized into two boxes, straight and gay. The study and analysis of children of the LGBT community cannot be pitted against the data of children of the straight parents.
A more interesting study would be the difference between A-sexual and transgendered folk’s kids or the similarities between Male-To-Female transgendered parents and Female-To-Male parent’s children. Imagine what a person seeing their mother become a man might do to their views on sex, gender and the world. With a community and a spectrum this vast, only an archaic researcher would still see in the black and white terms of Gay and Straight.
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