Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Dad, Dad and Me...

"Annie Van Avery was 6 years old when her parents sat their two daughters down in their Minneapolis home to break the news. Mommy and Daddy wouldn't be together anymore because Daddy wanted to find his knight in shining armor..."

Today I came across a fascinating article in The Seattle Time's "Living" section about the large number of gay parents in Seattle...and life through the eyes of their children.

The Annie mentioned above is now 30, and looks back with fond memories of growing up with a gay father and a mother who later came out as a lesbian. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that between one and ten million children have gay parents (of course, it would help if they counted legally partnered/married couples).

Children of GLBT parents are just as happy and successful as their peers with straight parents. If there is any drawback, it comes in the form of homophobic bullies at school. But overall, all of the children interviewed agreed that their families were just as stable and loving. One youth, Ryan, said, ""We don't see ourselves as different... It's just normal to us."

For additional resources for children of GLBT families, be sure to see PFLAG's resources and Children of Lesbians and Gays (COLAGE).

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