My apologies for my slackness in updating this blog.

The campaign for same sex parenting recognition in Queensland still continues apace, although it does seem to be going on and on forever, doesn’t it? I think it’s a ploy to wear us down.

Some recent news:

  • You’re probably aware of Lawrence Springborg’s proposed amendment to the surrogacy legislation, with surrogacy remaining a criminal offence for same sex couples and single people, and recognition of lesbian parents removed from the bill ‘to be debated separately’.  Louise did a radio interview with Sunshine Coast ABC radio, which you can listen to here. I like her focus on ‘discrimination’, emphasising the human rights angle.
  • I went to the GLBTIQ community event at Parliament House, where I met John Paul Langbroek and Lawrence Springborg in the flesh. They seemed perfectly pleasant. This was the week before Mr Springborg’s announcement, which made me wonder why he had bothered attending.
  • Seeing as we had such an instant rapport at the Parliament House event, I sent both Mr Langbroek and Mr Springborg a (handwritten!) letter talking about my family and how the current legislation affects us. I included some family snaps and the digital story “Where did I come from?” I showed you a while ago.
  • Last week, thanks to QAHC, I did a mailout to all the MPs, sending them the flyer on same sex parenting research
  • And some positive news: apparently lesbians do a better job of raising children! (Who’d have thought?)

Keep visiting your MPs!

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We’re gradually getting together some resources for people to take with them when they visit MPs.

I’ve just posted twelve Myths about gay & lesbian parenting – you’ll find it under “resources and research” at the top right of this page.

There’s also a new sample letter to an MP requesting a meeting.

We already have links to a research summary and a literature review, and still to come is a summary of the issues to talk about with your MP.

With thanks to the Rainbow Families Council (Vic)

So I finally thought to head over to the Rainbow Families Council Vic website, where they’ve just been through the same legislative drama – albeit with a much longer lead up. they have some fabulous resources there. If you want to be able to back up your emotive plea for understanding with some evidence, it’s all here.

Here are some starting points. I’ve set up a “research & resources” tab at the very top right of this page, where I can gather any useful information I come across.

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. 

 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.

Hot topics: common myths and concerns about lesbian parenting expressed by people concerned for the welfare of children

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.