Research about rainbow parenting

  • A summary of the research – A four page document developed specifically for the Queensland campaign. It outlines a summary of the research, some myths about lesbian and gay parenting, and gives some personal stories of same-sex headed families.
  • The research says – A one-page summary of 25 years’ research into same sex parented families. There is a significant body of rigorous and methodologically sound research comparing outcomes for children raised in same-sex and opposite-sex parented families.  The majority of this research conducted in Australia and overseas has consistently found that children raised in same-sex parented families do at least as well as children in opposite-sex parented families in all significant areas. With thanks to the Rainbow Families Council (Vic)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Parented Families – A literature review prepared for the Australian Psychological Society. It looks at parenting practices in same sex families; impact of same sex families on children; and relationships with donors.
  • Children in diverse families: by Fiona Kumari Campbell. A good overview – the intended audience is straight family counsellors and social workers, so it’s easy to read, positive, with a good overview of many issues for same sex headed families.

Discussions about rainbow parenting

  • Frequently asked questions: many people don’t know that they probably know same sex parents. Here are some of the issues they may be curious about.

Approaching your Member of Parliament

  • Get clear on what you want to say. Here is a “cheat sheet” to give you a summary of the information and some prompts for thinking about how it affects your family.

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