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August 20, 2014

Sian Norris was raised by her mum and her mum’s female partner. She speaks out after comments made by former boxing manager and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, Kellie Maloney, about same-sex parenting

I was really upset to read Kellie Maloney’s comments, reported in GayStarNews, where she stated that she didn’t believe same-sex couples can or should raise children.

This is an issue that is very close to my heart, having been raised by my mum and her partner, and my dad and his wife. So I wanted to respond to Maloney’s comments, and to those who agree with her that there is something wrong with the way I was raised.

August 6, 2014

After breakup, biological mother tried to prevent stepmother from having any further contact with child

A lesbian who helped raise the child of her former partner has won the right to seek visitation or custody after being kept from the child after a break up.

An appellate court in New Jersey issued the decision on Wednesday (6 August) which found that if it is in the best interests of the child, maintaining a strong relationship with a 'psychological parent.'

The male child's name or the names of the parents were not made public to protect the identity of the child.

August 2, 2014

Critics of same-sex families may claim that having two moms or two dads goes against a child’s best interests, but yet another study had found this to not be the case

A new US study has concluded that, 'despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts – including the health care system, the legal system, and the school system – LGB parents and their children are functioning quite well.'

May 13, 2014

Our new section for LGBTI families needs an experienced journalist with innovative ideas

Gay Star News is planning a new website channel covering LGBTI families and parenting.

We are looking for a part-time reporter, located anywhere in the world, to work on this section.

You will have a feel for the subject matter and may have personal experience to bring to it. But you will certainly be a trained, experienced journalist with a clear understanding of the LGBTI world overall and good online reporting and editing skills.

March 6, 2014

Men and women are deeply divided on the issue of gay adoption, with women 70% in favor and with men 47% against

Half of British men think two gay dads cannot raise children as well as male-female couples, new research shows.

In a new survey, it shows men and women are deeply divided on whether gay men should become parents.

While 47% of men are opposed to a child being raised by two fathers, 70% of women are support gay couples adopting.

When it comes to lesbian partners raising children, views are softer, but a gender gap remains.

42% of men doubt same-sex female couples’ ability to raise children, in comparison to 27% of women.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

December 20, 2013

Letters, videos and hilarious mishaps make up this year's must-see stories

Like never before, the world was touched by the stories of LGBTI people in 2013.

This year saw more LGBTI stories and moments going viral, issues of interest only to the community suddenly becoming mainstream.

It wasn't just LGBTI people who wanted to read heartwarming letters of a proud dad to his gay son. It wasn't just LGBTI people who wanted to watch kids reacting to the idea of marriage equality. And it certainly wasn't just LGBTI people who listened and loved to a proud straight grandma who wrote a song for her lesbian niece.

September 9, 2013

The Alternative Parenting Show returns to London this month at a time when gay families are booming and LGBT parents are earning new respect

The annual Alternative Parenting Show, which returns to London this month, exemplifies an explosion in the growth of gay parenting

New film Any Day Now has just hit UK cinemas and serves as a stark reminder of how far gay people have come in the past four decades in respect to equal rights – particularly in respect to parenting.

August 14, 2013

Top British celebs to host family day at the London landmark, giving gay families a support network and a lovely day out

Gay celebrities and UK TV actors Charlie Condou (Coronation Street) and Sophie Ward (Holby City) are gearing up for some animal antics at London Zoo, hosting a grand day out for LGBT parents and their kids.

Expecting animals, food and fun, the zoo is opening its gates to gay families across the UK, hoping to create a relaxed environment for like-minded families to interact and network.

July 22, 2013

GSN is feeling all broody, so we had to speak to three sets of parents in different stages of the adoption process

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate on the birth of their baby boy, but they are not the only ones who are becoming parents this summer.

We’ve spoken to three sets of parents, a gay couple, a lesbian couple and a single gay man, who are readying themselves to look after the next generation.

We teamed up with New Family Social, a UK support network for gay and lesbian parents, to look for prospective adopters.

July 16, 2013

A gay dad exposes how the claims against LGBT parents are based on a flawed study and looks at new research showing happiness is the key to raising kids

My 10-year-old son Jason just bounded out of bed, excited to meet this Saturday morning. He crawled onto my lap as I was trying to type and we reviewed all the great things we have lined up this weekend. Snuggles and kisses ensued. This is his birthday month and he has a lot on his mind, all good stuff.

July 4, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed a new Mental Health Minister who is anti-same-sex marriage and opposed to lesbians having access to reproductive technologies but LGBT rights groups are cautiously optimistic

Australian Prime Minister has appointed Senator Jacinta Collins to be the country’s new Minister for Mental Health and Aging despite her opposition to same-sex marriage and lesbians getting access to in-vitro fertilization.

Collins was the Social Welfare Officer and Research Officer and then National Industrial Officer with the right wing Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association union before entering politics and last year spoke in parliament to oppose same-sex marriage and parenting.

June 20, 2013

A book called 'Daddy's Roommate' teaches acceptance, tolerance and helps kids understand how gay love is 'just another type of love'

Are you sitting comfortably? As right now you’re about to read an incredible children’s book explaining gay parents.

Originally from America and translated into German here, ‘Daddy’s Roommate’ teaches acceptance and tolerance.

In the book, the kid’s parents separate and the dad moves in with his ‘friend’.

The mom later explains his dad and his dad’s friend love each other, and it’s just ‘another type of love’.

Check out the book below:

June 5, 2013

Researchers suggest the reason more communication, openness and resilience to outside pressure is why gay families appear more happy

Children brought up by same-sex couples are happier, healthier, and more sociable according to the initial findings from the world’s largest study on the subject.

The research, which studied the wellbeing of 500 children in Australia, found the self-esteem of children and the amount of time they spent with their parents was no different from the rest of the population.

But infants looked after by gay couples scored higher for overall health and family cohesion.

June 5, 2013

Who will adopt the millions of orphans worldwide who are already here, not perfect, and need us? Could lesbian and gay parents be the answer?

‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ goes the old saying. When there is a problem or an issue in play, a creative solution is often about to be realized. This point is nowhere more valid than in the area of LGBT couples having children and starting families.

March 12, 2013

Our resident gay dad columnist has an imagined conversation with a priest who argues a Cambridge University study was wrong and kids need a mother and father

This month, Cambridge University released a study. It was published by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering. Their conclusion on the basis of the report was ‘Gay fathers, in particular, are extremely committed to parenting’.

March 1, 2013

At an event supporting a same-sex marriage bill in Minnesota, two male parents find out kids don't behave when you try to do something serious

Something true about parenting, regardless of sexual orientation, is that kids don’t behave at the times when you're trying to do something serious.

On Wednesday (27 February) partners Dr Paul Melchert and James Zimmerman found that out when they went to go speak in support of a bill reversing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

While Melchert wanted to say, as a pediatrician, there is no evidence children of same-sex parents are worse off than those of opposite-sex parents.

February 28, 2013

The American Sociological Association files supreme court brief in support of gay marriage and LGBT parenting

The American Sociological Association (ASA), joined the challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ASA filed a friend-of-the-court brief today (28 February) outlining the latest in social science research into same-sex parenting, stating 'children fare just as well' which was a concern raised by opponents of marriage equality.

In a press release posted to the organization’s website, ASA President Cecilia Ridgeway said: 'The results of our review are clear.

February 25, 2013

After deliberating over submitted by two women over parenting rights, the supreme court of Kansas passed a landmark ruling in favor of gay adoption

Kansas state supreme court made a landmark ruling that same-sex couples are to be allowed to adopt.

In addition it ruled that when a same-sex couple has a child together, both parents can be fully recognized as parents under Kansas state law.

The court explained that Kansas parentage laws apply equally to women and non-biological parents, and that courts must consider the reality of who a child’s parents are in order to protect the interests of children.

January 18, 2013

There’s no such thing as an unplanned gay pregnancy, so kids of gay parents are always wanted, argues Rob Watson

George Bernard Shaw once described straight parenting as having ‘no test of fitness’.

But lesbian, gay, bi and trans parents are constantly tested.

Representatives of the Catholic Church and a group of authors speaking at the Heritage Foundation recently ranked LGBTQ parents in a way that was unfounded, ridiculous, untrue and frankly, bizarre. At best, it was bitterly unfair.

January 7, 2013

YouTube videos from gay fathers Brian and Jay in Santa Rosa, California share universal family values

Gay Family Values (GFV) is a series of parenting advice YouTube videos made by gay fathers Brian and Jay.

The series was first started in August 2009 to show families with same-sex parents are not that different from other families in response to the Prop 8 vote in California which de-legalized gay marriage.

GFV's latest episode answers two questions. The first, asked by Leah from France, is how do Brian and Jay's children, Daniel, Selena and Nicholas, explain that they have two fathers to new people they meet.

November 30, 2012

UK Independence Party would-be MP loses election but still rants over gay adoption saying it is like the fall of the Roman Empire

UK Independence Party politician Winston McKenzie has ranted against gay parenting on live TV after losing his bid to become an MP.

The UKIP culture spokesperson was standing to become a Member of Parliamment for Croydon North in London in a by-election yesterday (29 November) but lost to Labour’s Steve Reed.

November 5, 2012

Director Mike Buonaiuto questions why same-sex parent families go unrecognised in Europe

Today (5 November) sees the launch of a new campaign focusing on gay parenting rights throughout Europe.

The short film, entitled Invisible Parents, features the voice of a woman reminiscing about a happy childhood with her two fathers, before stating that the majority of Europe does not recognize families with gay parents.

The film is directed by Mike Buonaiuto, the man behind Homecoming, the video that went viral earlier this year. Invisible Parents launches to coincide with the UK's National Adoption Week.

September 16, 2012

The 53-year-old says he cannot think of 'anything worse than being brought up by two  dads'

Gay actor Rupert Everett has ridiculed the idea of two men raising a child.

In an interview with the Sunday Times today (16 September), he said: ‘I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.’

The 53-year-old actor, who is well known for playing a gay man who made Madonna pregnant in The Next Best Thing, said the gay community should not be offended as he does not consider himself a role model.