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Kids of Gay Parents Healthier Than Straight Ones

Initial findings from a new study at Melbourne University in Australia titled “The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families” researched health data from over 500 children ages 5 to 17 and 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents. Called the world’s largest study of its kind, the study found no difference between gay and straight couples in a child’s self-esteem, emotional health and amount of time they spend with their parents.

Yet the study also found that children of gay couples scored “significantly better” in general health and how well they got along with one another. Experts theorize it’s because gays face more discrimination than heterosexuals, so they’re more comfortable discussing awkward issues that may crop up in a child’s life. "Because of the situation that same-sex families find themselves in, they are generally more willing to communicate and approach the issues that any child may face at school, like teasing or bullying," explained lead researcher Dr. Simon Crouch. "This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis." We hope this study helps put an end to unfounded fears that gay parents are detrimental to a child's psychological health.

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