Are kids raised in LGBT families just as healthy and happy as those in traditional families? The results of the largest study ever done on the subject are in, and the verdict is—actually, kids with same-sex parents do even better.
The Melbourne University study, which involved five hundred Australian children, found no difference in time spent with their parents or self-esteem between the children in families with same-sex or opposite-sex parents.
In contrast, children with gay or lesbian parents were discovered to be happier, with closer-knit families, in numbers much too high to be any kind of coincidence.
Ironically, one cause may be the possibility of bullying. The study’s lead author, Dr. Simon Crouch, suggested that because LGBT parents are very aware of the issues their children may face in school, they make certain to keep in communication and talk about things.
In an interview with Australian newspaper The Age, he explained, “This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis.”
The research completely contradicts claims that being raised by LGBT parents is detrimental to children; as the United Kingdom’s marriage equality bill was being debated, opponents claimed that having same-sex parents would be “destabilizing” and “confusing.” The House of Lords’ Lord Indarjit Singh claimed that legally married gay parents’ children would be “neglected.”
Paradoxically, the Archbishop of Canterbury has also claimed that full marriage equality replacing the current alternative for same-sex couples, civil unions, would result in “different and unequal” types of marriage.
Genderqueer parent Firinel Turner told 429Magazine, “I’m not surprised by the recent findings that children raised by same-sex couples have healthier family lives. I know that when I was young, that my legal guardian was out, implicitly provided me with an understanding that I would be loved and accepted regardless of my orientation, and that kind of peace of mind clearly bestows health benefits as well. It’s my hope that by being out and proud, and willingness to discuss all of the practical challenges, ranging from health to sociological issues, with my queer-identified daughter, means that she will reap even more benefits than I did.”