"The family" has always been an elastic concept. Different cultures and different times have various ideas of what makes a "good" family, but the idea of a "traditional" family with straight parents is no longer the norm. In fact, the number of kids being raised by gay and lesbian couples has doubled in the past decade, and there are now three million children being raised by LGBTQ parents. So let's take a look at some of these new structures that make up our modern families:
How many LGBTQ families are there?
How many LGBTQ families are there?
The quick answer is: a lot. It's estimated that about 5 million children in the United States have at least one parent who identifies as LGBTQ, which means that you or someone you know could be an LGBTQ parent. There are many different types of families and ways to have kids, so if you don't know how many LGBTQ families there are, it's hard to know whether your family fits into this category or not. But regardless of what type of family you have, one thing is certain: there are plenty of people who can share your experience!
How do LGBTQ people have children?
There are many ways that LGBTQ people can have children, including:
Adoption. There are many types of adoption and they can vary depending on the countries involved. For example, there is international adoption from another country (e.g. China or South Korea), intercountry adoption that occurs within a specific country (e.g., adopting a child from Canada to the United States), domestic infant adoption that involves a birth mother relinquishing her parental rights in favor of someone else adopting her child (e.g., giving up custody so only one parent has legal rights over the newborn baby). Other examples include foster care and sperm donor insemination (DI).
Donor Insemination (DI): A man donates his sperm through artificial insemination or other means like intrauterine insemination (IUI) which is performed by placing semen into your uterus via speculum insertion during ovulation window times when it's safe for pregnancy to occur naturally without medical intervention needed before conception could occur naturally - then waiting two weeks before testing whether you're pregnant or not! If not successful after three tries then consider using donor sperm instead since some couples don't produce enough viable eggs anymore due age factor! This process costs roughly $800-$1k per treatment unless insurance covers some portion of cost reduction...and yes it’s emotionally draining too!!
What are the challenges faced by LGBTQ families?
You might be wondering, "What challenges do LGBTQ families face?" Well, the answer is that they're pretty much the same as those any family faces.
As an LGBTQ parent, you have to make sure your kids have a roof over their heads and food on the table. You'll have to find a way to pay for their medical care when they're sick or injured. And if something happens to one of them while they're away at college or living on their own (and let's be honest: it probably will), it's up to you as parents—and often one parent alone—to make sure their bills are paid and their legal rights are protected. And if any of this sounds like too much responsibility for one person to take on? Well...
How can communities support LGBTQ families?
The way you talk about LGBTQ families can have a big impact on how they're treated in your community.
Be aware of your language. When talking about LGBTQ people, it's important to use the correct pronouns and names. If someone is transgender, they may prefer the pronoun "they" or "their" instead of "she" or "he."
Be aware of your assumptions. It's easy to assume that all families look the same way as yours—but this isn't true! There are many different kinds of family structures across the globe, and just because someone doesn't have a traditional nuclear family doesn't mean they're any less happy or loved than anyone else!
Be aware that everyone has their own biases—including you! Sometimes we don't realize when we've gotten something wrong until someone calls us out on it, so ask yourself if there might be some things you could be doing better before pointing fingers at others (or giving them advice). It's okay if someone disagrees with you; just try not to take it personally if they do so respectfully!
How can I support LGBTQ families?
You can support LGBTQ families in a variety of ways. First, listen to them. It's easy to feel like you know what it's like because you've seen other people in similar situations, but each family is different and there's no way you'll understand their experiences unless they share them with you. Ask these parents how they're doing and what kind of support they would like from you, then listen carefully and offer whatever assistance or advice that seems appropriate. Be patient; some parents may not want to talk about their child's gender identity at first because they're still getting used to the idea themselves!
Secondly, be open-minded when it comes to anything related to gender expression or sexuality—it can be hard enough just being who we are without having others judge us so harshly for our choices! When someone tells you something new about their life as an LGBTQ parent or child (or even if they don't), try not judging them right away by asking questions instead: "What does that mean?" "Can I ask why?" And above all else...
There are a lot of diverse types of family structures but all of them deserve to be supported.
There are innumerable types of families in the world, and they come in all shapes and sizes. There are families that consist of two parents and their kids; there are single-parent families; there are blended families where one or both parents have had previous marriages or relationships. There are adoptive families, foster care families, homeschooling families and more. All these different kinds of family structures deserve to be supported by society so long as they’re loving, healthy environments for children to grow up in.
In fact, research shows us that “children raised by gay parents fare as well as those raised by heterosexual couples on many measures of psychological health (including self-esteem) and social functioning (including relationships with friends), but this is true only when coupled with a positive parental relationship."
We’ve covered a lot about the LGBTQ community, but there is still so much more to learn. We hope this post has helped you better understand the history and current state of the LGBTQ community. If you identify as a member of this community, we want to leave you with some encouragement and validation: Our world would be a much darker and lonelier place without you! Keep being you; your presence matters and makes our world unique.