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The report closes with implications of this research for policymakers.
Key Findings • More than one in three lesbians have given birth and one in six gay men have fathered or adopted a child.
While GLB parents are similar in many ways to other kinds of parents, we identify several differences in the key findings below.
The report concludes with an assessment of how proposed bans on allowing GLB individuals and couples to foster might affect foster care systems and fostered children.
Several states have or are considering policies that would restrict GLB people from fostering.
Recent government surveys demonstrate that many lesbians and gay men are already raising children, and many more GLB people would like to have children at some point.
In 1976, the American Psychological Association declared that “the sex, gender identity, or sexual…
orientation of natural, or prospective adoptive or foster parents should not be the sole or primary variable considered in custody or placement cases.” Historically, the benefits of gay adoption have been recognized, but have not yet been legalized....