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As we celebrate Pride month, we want to take a moment to celebrate the benefits of same-sex parenting.
1. Children with same-sex parents are more likely to accept others’ differences.
In most communities, children with same-sex parents may grow up feeling different than their peers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can give them a unique understanding of “non-traditional” family life that goes beyond their experiences growing up with same-sex parents. Because of this, they tend to be more tolerant and open-minded as they grow into adulthood.
2. Same-sex households can be a great example of equal partnerships.
Same-sex couples are less likely to divide financial and household labor into “women’s work” and “men’s work.” When it comes to childcare and chores, work is often divided fairly evenly. This equal division of labor can give children a better understanding of how equitable relationships split up familial responsibility on the basis of strengths rather than gender roles.
3. Children with gay or lesbian parents may be more resilient in difficult situations.
When you grow up feeling a little different — whether it’s the way you look, how much your parents make, or your academic or athletic abilities (or lack thereof) — you may be more likely to face adversity at a young age. Though these experiences are never welcome, they do give children a chance to develop a resiliency that will better allow them to overcome all of life’s challenges.
4. Same-sex parenting helps children feel less confined by gender stereotypes.
Children with same-sex parents are more likely to grow up with a much more fluid understanding of traditional gender norms. These experiences during their formative years can show children firsthand that it’s okay to express yourself in whichever way you like, no matter which sex you’re assigned at birth.
5. Bottom line: Good parenting is good parenting.
Many studies have compared the emotional, academic, and career success of children from heterosexual households with those from same-sex households. Research shows that children with loving, committed parents are equally likely to form friendships, have high self-esteem, and do well in school, and it doesn’t matter whether they have one mom and one dad, two moms, or two dads.
There’s still more work to do.
Pride month is an important chance to honor the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people have had on our society. It’s a time to highlight LGBTQAI+ voices and show your support for LGBTQAI+ rights.
While we can never get enough parades and rainbow flags, we can’t talk about Pride month without pointing out the discrimination that many in the LGBTQAI+ community still face when trying to receive healthcare.
It may be less common now than in decades past, but some LGBTQAI+ patients are still denied care because of their appearance or sexual orientation. Sometimes, doctors may refuse to acknowledge a same-sex spouse or partner, which can be especially harmful when same-sex parents seek care for their children.
At JunoDx(™), we want to be clear that we believe everyone deserves equal access to healthcare, regardless of their gender, financial status, race, or sexual orientation. This Pride month, we stand with and celebrate same-sex parents and the entire LGBTQ+ community!
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