The children of lesbian parents are less likely to identify as heterosexual as adults and much more likely to report same-sex attraction, according to a long-term study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, a think tank focused on sexual orientation and gender. As many as 6 million children and adults in the U. Nanette Gartrell, M. Started in , the study has been following the offspring of lesbian parents from conception into adulthood. For this latest report, 76 children of lesbian parents, now all adults in their mids, were asked about their sexual attraction, identification and behavior. Further, 54 percent of women and 33 percent of men with lesbian parents reported having a same-sex sexual experience between the ages of 17 and 25, compared to 38 percent of women and 9 percent of men in the NSFG group.
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L ike a majority of children currently raised by same-sex couples, I was born to a heterosexual couple who divorced. The pain and anger I felt because of the absence of my father in my home was something people understood, and it was something I was able to share with others. I did not talk about it with my closest friends, with whom I shared everything from my fears and anger to my crushes on girls. Even though these friends were in my home on a weekly basis, it was simply not discussed. Not by me. Not by them.
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On Jan. And last Monday Jan. But research on families headed by gays and lesbians doesn't back up these dire assertions.
Using data from the American Community Survey, this report provides estimates of the number of same-sex parents in the U. In , an estimated , United States households were headed by a same-sex couple 1. Between and , 2 Based on household counts, there were an estimated , same-sex couples raising children in , including 28, male same-sex couples and 86, female same-sex couples not shown. Married male same-sex couples with children were the most likely of all couples with children to be raising adopted and foster children Table 2.