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Kids of lesbian parents may fare better than their peers

A new study analyzing long-term data on kids from birth to adulthood just came out that suggests children of lesbian parents do better than their peers. According to Time:

The authors found that children raised by lesbian mothers – whether the mother was partnered or single – scored very similarly to children raised by heterosexual parents on measures of development and social behavior. These findings were expected, the authors said; however, they were surprised to discover that children in lesbian homes scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression.

According to CNN, funding for the research “came from several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy groups, such as the Gill Foundation and the Lesbian Health Fund from the Gay Lesbian Medical Association.” And according to Fox, Dr. Nanette Gartrell, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco (and a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles) who co-authored the study, is in a same-sex partnership. Which of course sends up red-flags for conservatives like Wendy Wright, president of the Concerned Women for America, who thinks the study is biased. And honestly, if the so-called concerned women funded their own study that found that lesbian parents raised more sociopaths than straight parents, we’d be skeptical too.

However, the study is published in the non-partisan journal Pediatrics, which means it underwent peer-review before publication. Plus, it just makes sense: lesbian parents are usually older, wiser and determined to have a kid (there are no accidental artificial inseminations) — ones who, knowing full well that they will be judged by society and that their child will most likely undergo more teasing, are probably more communicative and supportive than the average straight parent.

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