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Discrimination is bad for kids, not same-sex parents

Discrimination is bad for kids, not same-sex parents

Prospective gay and lesbian parents have various routes to parenthood

In news that comes as no surprise to the LGBTI community, new research shows discrimination and not having same-sex parents affects children more.

A team of medical practitioners and researchers released their findings in the Medical Journal of Australia.

They found ‘children raised in same-sex parented families do as well emotionally, socially and educationally as children raised by heterosexual couple parents’.

It found children were much more likely to be impacted negatively by the homophobia their parents faced.

‘Children and adolescents with same-sex parents are emotionally affected when they and their families are exposed to homophobia, discrimination, prejudice and social stigma, and do better when they live in communities that hold more accepting attitudes,’ researchers said.

‘Exposure to devaluing and discriminatory public messaging regarding LGBTIQ+ issues results in stark negative psychological and relational consequences for same-sex couples and their families.’

Marriage equality debate

Researchers argued these results were especially critical during Australia’s postal survey on marriage equality. They called on the medical community to support LGBTI people and their children during this time.

Misinformation was circulating publicly that children of same-sex parents were at risk of poorer health and wellbeing than other children. This created an increased public health risk as a result of homophobic campaign messages for the entire LGBTIQ community.

‘The entire LGBTIQ+ community is at risk of harm in the current debate concerning same-sex marriage, and the most vulnerable are children and adolescents,’ the researchers said.

‘We need to speak up. Opportunities exist to add our voices to the public debate, through public statements as individuals and from our professional associations and workplaces.

‘Inaction is not an option when harm is the likely result.’