Children from same-sex, non-binary and trans parents fare as well as and sometimes better than those from “traditional” families, research shows.
The study also found parents’ sexuality was not an important determinant in their child’s development.
The number of children in sexual minority families — with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender parents — has risen in recent years.
Researchers analysed 16 out of 34 studies carried out in countries where same-sex relationships were legally recognised, published between January 1989 and April last year in the BMJ Global Health journal. They compared the data with that for heterosexual parents and found that family outcomes were similar.
That lovely little idea of Elton John’s kid trembling in front of Pater as he says “Dad, I gotta tell you, I’m straight”
What would in fact be interesting to know – nature v nurture and all that – is what is the distribution of gay, hetero, non-binary (where that actually means something, rather than it being the younger generation’s manner of saying bugger off, not talking about it) among children in gay, hetero, non-binary and all that families?
Are there any differences – and yes, any difference would be an interesting insight – into the varied distributions?
The results of the other 18 studies showed that children in sexual minority parent families were less likely to expect to identify as straight when they grew up, compared with children in “traditional” families.
That doesn’t actually solve our nature v nuture question, does it? Although note the weasel there “expect to identify” rather than the more basic “Who you fucking?” To get at the n v n we’d need to look at any differences between genes and upbringing again…..